THE ASBURY PARK BOARDWALK COMMISSIONS PAINTING
FROM INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ARTIST ED FAIRBURN
Part of the Asbury Park Wooden Walls Project and an Extension of the Boardwalk’s ‘Art Lives Here’ Program, New Painting Elegantly Combines Cartography and Portraiture
The Asbury Park Boardwalk, an historic promenade along the waterfront at the Jersey Shore and a focal point of Asbury Park’s thriving arts and music community, today announced it has commissioned a unique painting by internationally acclaimed artist Ed Fairburn. Fairburn is best known for his thoughtful integration of cartography and portraiture which has been featured in Fast Company, My Modern Met, Flaunt and Colossal. Part of the Asbury Park Wooden Walls mural project, and giving a nod to the Boardwalk’s award-winning “Art Lives Here” series, Fairburn used a map of the Asbury Park shoreline as his canvas, teasing out a portrait atop the topography to give human form to the very deep and storied place that is Asbury Park.
“Asbury Park itself is the embodiment the arts, so a piece like this is a compelling representation of this gorgeous setting,” says Pasqualina DeBoer, Marketing Director for the Asbury Park Boardwalk. “Having the portrait created atop a map of the Asbury Park shoreline conveys a sense of place and connectedness to the global art community.”
“Asbury Park is one of the country’s most iconic shorelines, heavily steeped in both history and the arts, which makes this a very interesting and important project to work on,” Fairburn says. “I am honored to have been chosen to give a face to this incredible place and to showcase Asbury Park in this very expressive way.”
Expected to be unveiled in 2020, the Asbury Park Boardwalk will share this work with the public as part of the Wooden Walls catalog; plans also include printing a large-scale replica for the Casino Building walkthrough.
About Ed Fairburn
Internationally acclaimed artist Ed Fairburn is known for his thoughtful integration of cartography and portraiture. Starting with existing maps, Fairburn uses his unique talent to carefully and gradually change the contours, roads and other patterns found in the map to tease out a human form, giving a “face to the place” that results in a comfortable co-existence of figure and landscape. His incredible talent has been featured in numerous publications, including Fast Company, My Modern Met, Flaunt and Colossal. To learn more about Fairburn and his original works of art, visit his website at https://edfairburn.com and follow the artist on Facebook and Instagram.
About Asbury Park Boardwalk
The Asbury Park Boardwalk is an historic promenade along the waterfront in Asbury Park, New Jersey. A focal point of Asbury Park’s thriving arts and music community, the iconic Asbury Park Boardwalk features 320,000 square feet of the world’s most unique shopping, dining and entertainment venues and has become one of the 21st century’s best-known resort destinations. Owned and managed by Madison Marquette, a leading real estate investor, developer and service provider, the Asbury Park Boardwalk, which has been named “Best Boardwalk in America” by BELLA Magazine, is just 50 minutes from New York City via the Lincoln Tunnel or a one-hour car ride from Philadelphia. With the waves breaking along the Jersey Shore, the Asbury Park Boardwalk provides the perfect backdrop for legendary music venues like The Stone Pony, Convention Hall, Paramount Theatre, and the Wonder Bar, a nightclub and grill that has a stellar reputation for music as well as its famed Yappy Hour where dogs are as welcome as people. Palate-pleasing restaurants housed in architecturally significant buildings range from the upscale environment of Tim McLoone’s Supper Club to the nautically themed Iron Whale or Korean fusion tacos from MOGO. For more information, visit apboardwalk.com or follow the Asbury Park Boardwalk on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.