Turf Wars, New Jersey Monthly

Nathan Hackett

Nathan Hackett was asked by New Jersey Monthly Magazine to illustrate for an article investigating communities that are at conflict over whether they want their parks to be artificially turfed or not.

Proving to be the most contentious of issues for a lot of towns in the New Jersey area, a town called Maplewood in particular has been involved in the controversy with bitter divisions and passionate, political campaigning for months.

The illustration depicts various inhabitants and visitors involved in the debate and interviewed in the article and explores the subjects concerns with field accessibility, youth sports, health, environment, and social justice.

Art direction by Gail Ghezzi