Harold Olejarz
15E: Contemporary Art
and the
New Jersey Turnpike
February 4 - March 21, 2002

Paul Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
Toll Booth Attendant


Toll Booth Attendant is an anonymous toll collector whose identity is defined by the mechanistic act of dispensing and collecting NJ Turnpike toll tickets. For over twenty years I drove taxis and limousines in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. As a driver trapped in a "moving box," I felt a strong affinity for toll booth attendants who were trapped in "stationary boxes." We were both servicing commuters whose main interest was getting from here to there, with little patience for anything that delayed them; commuters depersonalized us and we depersonalized commuters.

Harold Olejarz, July, 2001


An article by Jim Beckerman on the sculpture/installation appeared in The Record on February 24, 2002. Click here for the article.

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