Welcome to the self-guided Downtown Walking/Cycling Street Art Tour of Montclair, NJ. To get started head over to Diamond Cycle located at 409 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair; NJ. They have an awesome fleet of rental bikes including some really cool e-Bikes. To rent a bike from Diamond Cycle call (973) 509-0233, or reserve on-line HERE.
If you prefer to walk rather than bike this tour fuel up with some energy bars.
Walk through the parking lot towards Glenridge Avenue. When you get to the exit the first mural is immediately to you left on the retaining wall of the parking lot. The mural is the work of Azie Shelhorse, proprietor of Verdigreen located just few doors away at 182 Glenridge Avenue.
Cross the street and make a left on Glenridge Avenue. Walk up the hill towards the Montclair Book Center. The J'Taime Montclair mural is on the wall of the driveway at 217 Glenridge Avenue. J'Taime Montclair was painted by Holly Radar from neighboring Clifton, NJ who used the retro book shop as her inspiration.
Continue up Glenridge Avenue towards Bloomfield Avenue. Make a right on Bloomfield Avenue and go two blocks to the intersection of Park Street. The Rooter will be facing you at the intersection on the Northeast corner. Originally painted in 1980 by artist Thomas Reitter, “that huge chicken mural on Church Street" recently was recently restored and touched up.
Make left on Park Street and cross Bloomfield Avenue. Look for the Lululemon store located at 520 Bloomfield Avenue. The steel art sculpture mural is on the wall of the store on Park Street. Not entirely sure of the origin of this piece of art but its on the way to the next tour stop, and kinda cool, especially when the sun hits it late in the day.
Continue west on Park Street. Cross the intersection of Church Street, the Sienna Apartment complex will be on your right. Directly across the street is the entrance to a parking garage. Turn left and the largest mural on the tour will be covering the wall of the building immediately on your left. Technically the address is 50 Church Street. Artist Jhonattan Arango blended images of Montclair's famous Presby Iris Gardens with the work of William Couper, a sculptor and founding member of the Montclair Art Museum.
Continue on the side street walking away from the Anon mural with the parking garage on your right. Walk past the garage to South Fullerton Avenue. Make a left and walk to Bloomfield Avenue, then turn right. At 420 Bloomfield Avenue an alley that once had a single tulip on the walls is now adorned with a full color mural running the entire length painted by Amol Saraf of Johns Creek, GA.
Come back out of the alley and continue walking South away from where you just came. Walk 3 1/2 block being sure to cross the intersection of Elm/Grove Street. Look for #180 Bloomfield Avenue on your right. Walk past the building, turn around, and look up to see Chady Abousleiman’s mural of a postage stamp complete with a Montclair postmark, and the New Jersey state bird.
Cross Bloomfield Avenue and head back up the hill. Walk 3 blocks looking for Diamond Cycle on your right located at 409 Bloomfield Avenue. Walk past the front door and make right into a narrow alley. Look for a mural or cyclists and dirt bikes on your right. Thank for completing the Downtown Montclair Street Art Tour!