We invite you to a series of informal community chats with artist Phillip Adams, who is currently constructing a 90-foot mural titled Wild Ride on our terrace. These outdoor chats (weather-permitting) are free and open to the public, offering a unique opportunity to engage with the artist and explore the creative process behind this work at HAM. No RSVP needed.
Phillip’s mural is inspired by the South Branch of the Raritan River, flowing directly behind the terrace’s retention wall and former chalkboard. This composition creates an optical illusion of the river, painting it as it flows south away from the Museum. The mural symbolizes healing, rebirth, power, and life, and connects to deeper ideas about creativity, curiosity, and wonder.
The mural features origami boats floating downstream, each colored according to the spectrum of the rainbow. These boats serve as symbols of creativity, also representing the art programs held by HAM for the past 70 years.
Come and explore the mural’s deeper meanings with Phillip Adams. Whether you want to ask questions, simply watch him work, or engage in thoughtful dialogue about the natural grading, cascade, connection with local landscapes, and human ingenuity, you’re free to choose your level of involvement.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Phillip Adams’ solo exhibition in our main gallery, Leave No Trace, opening on October 1. Witness his broader artistic vision and explore his contributions to contemporary art.
In the event of inclement weather, the community chat will not take place.