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Resolution

  • 125 W. State St.
  • Trenton, NJ 08608
  • Artwork Creator: Hiroshi Murata
  • Hours: Hourly Tours, Monday through Friday, 10am - 3 pm & 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, 12pm - 3pm. Closed Sundays and State holidays.
  • Access: Open to public. Groups of 10 or more must have advanced reservations.
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  • Sponsor/Project: NJSCA Arts Inclusion project
  • Project Date: 1991

“These marquetry murals consist of 14 panels, depicting architectural subjects in and around the State House complex, including the State House north façade, Calhoun Street Bridge, and Trenton skyline. The artist worked with 87 types of wood veneer to create a color scheme showing both natural harmony and visual variety. Marquetry is a technique in which elaborate patterns are formed by laminating small pieces of thin wood veneer onto a prepared base. The artist and his assistants labored for ten months, painstakingly selecting the exact piece of wood for each element, cutting it to size and fitting it into place. It was then laminated, sanded, and sealed with clear lacquer.” – Downtown Trenton Artwalk

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