South Orangetown Central School District

Rail Trail mural project

“Good job! It’s beautiful…makes us smile!”
“Beautiful work…keep it up!”

Cyclists and walkers on the Town of Orangetown’s Joseph B. Clarke Rail Trail have been slowing down to admire the mural project in progress in the tunnel beneath Orangeburg Road this summer–and complimenting the Tappan Zee High School artists creating the public artwork.

“I’ve been wanting to lead a project of this scale for some time but never had the opportunity,” said Ava B., a TZHS Class of 2023 alumna and National Art Honor Society president who is headed to Savannah College of Art & Design later this month. “I first heard about this opportunity in freshman art class, then COVID hit. But, senior year, I was like, let’s do this.”

The volunteer project which was initiated by Orangetown Supervisor Teresa Kenny and coordinated by her assistant, Allison Kardon, is a collaboration with the Town of Orangetown, Orangetown Parks and Recreation and the TZHS Art Department and National Art Honor Society.

“Given that this is a ‘rail trail,’ we wanted to keep the train theme with a mix of landscapes–but keep it bright and colorful,” Ava explained.

Thank you to Supervisor Kenny for inviting our student-artists to participate in this large-scale, site-specific public art project!

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