Rendering of the Whitney Houston mural installation
GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center Announces Plans For Whitney Houston Mural
The GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center, its founding partner the Prudential Financial, Inc., the City of Newark, Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, and Newark Arts have announced plans for a mosaic mural honoring the late GRAMMY-winning icon Whitney Houston and Newark's deep musical roots.
Maude Lemaire is the artist behind the mural, which will be installed a few blocks from the Prudential Center in Newark's Central Ward. A mural rendering revealed a colorful portrait of Houston. The mosaic consists of over 1,000 pounds of hand-cut glass.
“Whitney Houston’s dynamic career remains one of the most decorated in music history and her connection to and impact on the city of Newark will forever be celebrated,” said Senior Vice President, Business Operations, Prudential Center Natasha Moody in a statement.
The mural installation will begin in mid-October, a statement said. A virtual unveiling featuring Lemaire and a live ribbon-cutting ceremony will happen in late November.
Pat Houston, Executor of The Estate of Whitney E. Houston said the art piece in the city is meaningful in remembering the "I Will Always Love You" singer. “This Mural represents a continuation of an Iconic Legend who undoubtedly will be remembered as the greatest voice for centuries to come. Thank you Prudential Center, Prudential Financial Inc. and the City of Newark for this recognition.”