Prudential Plant Wall Mural and Military Park

Prudential Plant Wall Mural and Military Park

Downtown Newark, New Jersey

On Thursday, May 5, 2016

Prudential Tower

I was happy to see the gardeners were working on the Plant Wall Mural.  I had a chance talking to Mr. Francisco Diaz, supervisor, exterior service of John Mini distinctive landscapes company, managing the Plant Wall Mural for Prudential Corporation.

Left: PSE&G new tall glass building

Military Park

I stopped to say thanks to the park gardeners.  I appreciate how they are cultivating the park garden so well.  I told them how downtown Newark is changing a lot, especially the buildings around Military Park.  About forty years ago during 1972-1976 I lived in Jersey City.   I took the Path train from Jersey City to Newark, Penn Station and  I walked on Raymond Boulevard from Penn station to Rutgers University on University Avenue when I studied for my undergraduate, Bachelor degree in chemistry.  There was no Public Service Electric and Gas Company ( PSE&G) new tall glass building, or Prudential Tower or New Jersey Performing Art Center ( NJPAC) at that time.  There was a small row of shops along Raymond Boulevard.  One specialty cheese shop located on Raymond Boulevard close to Broad Street sold goat milk; we usually bought goat milk for our daughter when she was a baby in 1979. 

After John read my writing he said “I remember I bought one kind of cheese that smell very strong, named Swedish Farmer’s cheese.  You did not like it I had to put it outside on the windowsill.”  I recall that moment.  I hardly knew much about cheese, at that time even cedar cheese or other ordinary cheese I still did not like.  But now I like them and can eat many kinds of cheese.  In the same token John did not like the smell of fish sauce.  So I use soy sauce to substitute for fish sauce.  We all like things we are accustomed to or dislike what we are not used to but we have to compromise and hope that time will allow us to try other culture to be able to understand the differences from one own culture in order to have a chance to live together in peaceful coexistence.

PSE&G new building complete in 1980, NJPAC building was completed in 1997 and Prudential Tower was completed in 2015.

War Memorial in Military Park, Newark, New Jersey

Beautiful Dogwood flowers in Spring

Military Park is a 6-acre (24,000 m2) city park in Downtown NewarkEssex CountyNew Jersey, United States.  It is a nearly triangular park located between Park Place, Rector Street and Broad Street, built in 1916, Architect Ely, Wilson and John; Guilbert and Betelle,  Architectural style Renaissance, Italianate.  From 1667, when the city was planned, until 1869 it was a training ground for soldiers. In 1869 it became the town commons.

The New Jersey Historical SocietyMilitary Park Building and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the Robert Treat Center are located across Park Place from the park. A $3.25 million renovation led by Dan Biederman was announced in February 2012.[2][3] The reconstruction was expected to be completed in late 2013,[4][5] but due to harsh weather was postponed until spring 2014.[6] A restaurant, the first in the park, is planned.[7] The park reopened in June 2014.[8]   

Address: 51 Park Pl, Newark, NJ 07102

Year built: 1916

Military Park (Newark)

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Military Park Commons Historic District

U.S. National Register of Historic Places

U.S. Historic district

Wars of America statue

Prudential Headquarters

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Prudential Plaza – headquarters on Broad Street – Newark, photograph by Hudconja…

General information

Completed        1956

Opening            1960

 Height:    Roof     114 m (374 ft)

Technical details:  Floor count   24 

Design and construction:

Architect Voorhees, Walker, Smith, Smith and Haines

 Prudential Tower

Night view of new Prudential Tower in Newark, Photograph by Deepen03

General information

Construction started    2013

Completed        2015 

Opening            2015

 Height:    Roof     45.73 m (150.0 ft)

Technical details:  Floor count 44  

Prudential Financial, as it is known today, began as The Widows and Orphans Friendly Society in 1875. For a short time it was called the Prudential Friendly Society, and for many years after 1877 it was known as the Prudential Insurance Company of America,[10] a name still widely in use. Based in Newark, New Jersey, the company has constructed a number of buildings to house its headquarters downtown in the Four Corners district.[11] In addition to its own offices, the corporation has financed large projects in the city, including Gateway Center and Prudential Center. Prudential has about 5,200 employees in the city.

Prudential Home Office[edit]

The original Prudential buildings from the turn of the 20th century were early examples of steel framing in Newark, clad in gray Indiana limestone with Romanesque Gothic styling, the work of George B. Post. The four buildings were known as the Main, the North, the West, and the Northwest and were the tallest in the city at the turn of the 20th century. They were demolished in 1956 to make way for the current headquarters. The proposed 45-story Prudential Tower would have been one of the tallest in Newark had it been built.[12]

Gibraltar Building[edit]

The Gibraltar Building, headquarters for the financial services company until 1986, is situated between two other office towers later built for the firm, all of which are connected by underground passage[13] The name is inspired by the company’s logo, the Rock of Gibraltar. The Gothic Revival structure was designed by the architect Cass Gilbert, renowned for many works including the Woolworth Building and the United States Supreme Court Building. Gilbert was also architect for the Kinney Building at the southeast corner of Broad and Market Streets.[14] Sold in 1987 and later renovated and restored, it now is home the Superior Court of New Jersey‘s Essex County Vicinage Family Court, Chancery, and Tax Court, as well as other government agencies and private enterprises.[5][15] [16]

Prudential Building[edit]

“Prudential Building” redirects here. For the building in Chicago formerly known as the Prudential Building, see One Prudential Plaza.

Shortly after Prudential Building was completed in 1942, it was taken over by the federal government for use by the Office of Dependency Benefits (ODB), which was moved to Newark from Washington during World War II. The ODB was responsible for payments to military dependents and their families. Work went on round the clock at 213 Washington Street until it was returned to Prudential in 1946.

Prudential Plaza[edit]

Prudential’s current headquarters, the Prudential Plaza, opened in 1960 during the New Newark era when modernist buildings were built downtown. The International style building is one the tallest and most prominent on the Newark skyline. The facade of Vermont marble includes 1600 windows set in aluminum frames. On August 1, 2004, the U.S. Office of Homeland Security announced the discovery of terrorist threats against the Plaza prompting large-scale security measures such as concrete barriers and internal security changes such as X-ray machines.[17]

The lobby of building was originally adorned with triptych of mosaics designed by Hildreth Meiere entitled “The Pillars of Hercules,” The panels had been removed and put in storage, Two were formally installed at the Center for Hellenic Studiesin Washington, DC and another in Newark Museum.[18][19]

Prudential Tower[edit]

In 2011, Prudential announced plans to construct an office tower for its headquarters complex. The company had received a $250 million urban transit tax credit, from the state, which required that it create new jobs and build within walking distance of a transit hub.[20] The site of the $444 million 650,000 sq ft (60,000 m2) tower is on Broad Street just west of Military Park.[21][22][23] Construction began in July 2013.[24][25][26] The exterior of the tower was completed as of January 2015 and the building opened in July 2015.<r[27]

For more information on Plant Wall Murals please visit the following links:

Living/Green Walls



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Ing’s Little Forest and Other Innovative Projects

Ing’s Little Forest and Other Innovative Projects,

Plant Wall Mural in Downtown Newark, New Jersey


Titti’s Flowers, Lemon & Orange Trees and Fruits

From Giulianova, Italy

I have plants in my studio during winter months for many years now.  The first reason is to protect my plant from freezing from the cold weather outside.  Secondly, I love plants and want to see their beauty at all times.  This is probably because I was born in Thailand where we always see green leaves and colorful flowers all year long.  At my house in Bangkok we have mangoes, bananas, lemons, pomegranates and other fruit trees, other flower bearing plants, and herb that we use in cooking such as lemon grass and different kind of chili.  Thirdly is for health purpose, because there is no window in my studio, hence air in the room is impure.  The plants take in carbon dioxide from my exhale and give oxygen from the photosynthesis.  I use fluorescent bulbs for the light sauce.  The plants can purify my working room.  I am very happy with my art gallery and working room.  I always see my avocados, mangoes, grapefruits, tangerines, and other trees with my sculptures, paintings and John’s artwork every day.  I stay up working to 4 or 5 A.M. and then I go to bed.

Last year I was happy to see that the New Prudential Building has a plant wall mural on the front wall of the building on Broad Street opposite the Military Park in downtown Newark, New Jersey.  It is much livelier and prettier than regular construction material walls.  I took some pictures which are shown after, “My little forest room.

Few days ago I checked the collections on Google + found the Innovation site by The Plaid Zebra posting an article on “Moss-growing concrete absorbs CO2, insulates and is also a vertical garden”.  I was very glad to know that there are many people are caring about our planet and conscious of global warming and trying to cut down carbon dioxide as much as they can.  At present, we may not receive the obvious effect of the problem that arises from global warming, but future generations are going to suffer from the consequences of our ignorance and selfishness by our not taking action now, leaving the burden to our children, grand children and generations to come.

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Sunday, March 6, 2016

Ing’s Little Forest



Plant Wall Mural in Downtown Newark, New Jersey

Other Innovative Projects

The followings are articles from Google + Innovation collections by The Plaid Zebra, A Brief History of Global Warming, and Bing Has A Cool Interactive Solar System Map 

Moss-growing concrete absorbs CO2, insulates and is also a vertical garden

October 24, 2015


Sustainability has always been a game of catch up. The current energy production and construction trends mean that sustainability researchers have to come up with clever ways to lower emissions.

Researchers at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona have found a creative solution to a long-established emissions problem. They discovered how to cleverly build megastructures with a biological concretethat lowers CO2, regulates heat and is totally eye catching. Its surface grows mosses, lichens, fungi and other biological organisms.

Researchers at UPC have found a way to build structures with biological concrete, which allows biological organisms to grow on it, lowering CO2 in the air.

Buildings with this concrete can—in regions with a calm mediterranean climate—absorb CO2 and release oxygen with micro-algae and the other “pigmented microorganisms” that coat it. These vertical gardens boast aesthetic appeal, but the biological concrete’s beauty also lies in its clever design.

The concrete works in layers. The top layer absorbs and stores rainwater and grows the microorganisms underneath. A final layer of the concrete repels water to keep the internal structure safe. The top can also absorb solar radiation, which insulates the building and regulates temperatures for the people inside.

While concrete has high pH levels that don’t allow plants to grow, this one is made more acidic, which lowers the pH to levels safer for growth.

Layers in the concrete absorb, store, and repel water at different levels, allowing for microorganisms to grow but also keep the structure of the concrete solid.

 UPC’s website states that the researchers had bigger plans for the design. They say, “a further aim is that the appearance of the façades constructed with the new material should evolve over time, showing changes of colour according to the time of year.”

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A Brief History of Global Warming

Global warming turns 120 next year… sort of.  Next year will be the 120th anniversary of the first time we figured out that human activity could be causing climate change.  Since then, the science has gotten firmer and the politics have gotten murkier, but the outlook for the future remains uncertain.  This is the history of manmade global warming in three minutes.  (Corrects number of hottest years in history since 1998.)(Video by: Aland Jeffries, Christian Capestany, Eric Roston)

Bing Has A Cool Interactive Solar System Map

If you search for [solar system] in Bing you get this really fun and cool interactive map. The map shows the plants and stars will rotating and you can change the rotation speed and direction. You can rotate the map around and click into different planets.

Here is a photo of it:

On Reddit a Microsoft person said “The developer worked really hard on it! Also, it should show up on all desktop browsers and on iOS and Android in any English-speaking market. We’re going to be shipping this feature and our other educational features to more countries soon.”

It does indeed work on mobile as well.

Give it a try.

Forum discussion at Reddit.

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Titti’s Orange & Lemon Trees and Fruits Pictures from Giulianova, Italy, Saturday, March 5, 2016

Below are our emails. I correspond to one of our good friends from Italy and her two pictures of orange and lemon trees and fruits:

From blossoms to fruits

Hi, Ing

Here are my lemons and my oranges. Lots of healthy squashes and lots of beautiful coloured fruits. Sometime it seems a pity to pick them…

A nice weekend to all of you,


Hi Titti,

You really make my day.  I feel a bit sad and depressed this morning after I got up.  But after I opened your email seeing your healthy and beautiful orange & lemon trees and gorgeous fruits I felt so lively and glad to see that somewhere in this world people are peaceful, cultivating and enjoying nature.

  It is a dramatic contrast between the fighting and killing in many places that causes suffering and creates refugees which in turn causes people to flee from their troubled countries.

 The refugees get discriminated against by the countries where they arrive.  But I can understand the attitude and situations where they do not want the refugees because these countries have troubles themselves and are afraid of bad people or terrorists getting into their countries and causing more problems. As they say, “Trouble begets trouble”.

 Sorry for pouring out all this sadness, but it causes me to feel depressed thinking about the human race.  Please be happy with your plants and family.  You are in the best position.  Happiness is a very difficult to acquire these days.  You are in utopia.

 Big kisses and hugs to you and your family,

Ing & John


Tiiti’s Flower pictures from Giulianova Italy, Sunday, August 15, 2015

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