Meshing Histories

Meshing Histories, a new painted mural by artist Jonathan Horowitz, is on the north-east facing wall of SeeMore Appliances. The colorful mural represents what makes Metuchen a vibrant, thriving, and inclusive community—recognizing its unique character as a welcoming, diverse place.

Through vibrant colors and large abstract forms, the mural suggests a wide variety of cultural influences and local historical references. According to the artist some of these include 1950s advertisements, patterns and colors from Mexico and India, as well as contemporary painting and digital art.

Meshing Histories will serve as a new landmark and catalyst to help bring more people to Metuchen’s downtown area. It joins MDA’s other distinguished works of public art, including Metuchen Love Letters by Stephen Powers.

About the Artist

Jonathan Horowitz is a writer, painter, translator, educator, and muralist. Born and raised in Highland Park, Horowitz has spent the past ten years collaborating with organizations and municipalities throughout New Jersey on community-oriented projects, like art shows featuring local artists, fundraisers, public murals, writing workshops, and more. Horowitz has completed murals in Highland Park, New Brunswick, Newark, and Orange. He has also assisted on “The {PORTRAITS}” mural at McCarter Highway in Newark, the second longest mural in the U.S., as well as “Birds of Paradise,” a 500-ft long mural at Bayswater Park in Far Rockaway, supported by NYC Parks.

Horowitz has extensive experience with economic development and community revitalization organizations, like Main Street, and has been part of many creative placemaking projects.

Currently, Horowitz is finishing his first novel, Jersey Drunk, as he pursues his MFA in Fiction and Literary Translation at Columbia (LTAC) joint course of study at Columbia University. Horowitz is also a program coordinator at the Center for Justice at Columbia University, where he develops programming for justice-involved NYC youth.

Production Photos

Photo Credit: Carl Sylvester, May 31, 2020

Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.

Program funded by Middlesex County,
a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.