The Underground Railroad Mural On September 14, 2014, during ACP’s Fall Open House, Will “Kasso” Condry and James “Luv 1” Kelewae of Trenton’s S.A.G.E. Coalition completed a public mural entitled, Underground Railroad. “The mural presents a stylized, interpretive take on the Underground Railroad, reflecting the S.A.G.E. Coalition’s urban roots,” said Ricardo Barros, a resident of the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood and ACP Exhibition Committee member. “The mural is not visible from the street, but those viewers who choose to wander in and explore the “hidden” wall experience the clandestine nature of the Underground Railroad as well as that of contemporary urban art.” Members of the S.A.G.E. nonprofit organization formed in 2012 to initiate, plan, and execute inner-city beautification projects, The arts coalition is a diverse group of visual artists, engineers, fabricators, musicians, and teachers who create everything from murals to 3-D models. Kasso and Luv 1 have already created a series of public art projects in Trenton, generating a strong, positive, public response, and led to the transformation of an abandoned lot into a public urban garden, known as Gandhi’s Garden. “This day will go down in history. Not because of what we painted, but because of the connections that were made and the new bridges that were built,” said Kasso in a recent blog post on the ACP website, where comments and perspectives on the mural can be viewed.
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