Fairmount Heights Switching Station
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy and the widespread power outages, the importance of redundancy in electrical transmission systems became particularly clear. PSE&G constructed the $277-million Fairmount Heights Switching Station to relieve projected overloads to PSEG’s existing Newark Switching Station and to enhance grid reliability.
In his role as Newark’s Deputy Mayor of Housing and Development, Baye Adofo-Wilson worked with PSE&G to develop an art wall attached to the facade of the new switching station. Designed by David Adjaye and curated by Danny Simmons and Victor Dawson, the art project included work from more than a dozen artists, including six from Newark, who created massive sculptures, mosaics and other works and successfully beautified this essential new component of Newark’s infrastructure.
03 / 2018