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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Sculpture Unveiling

1-October-2019
   On Saturday-28-September the Ridgefield Park Arts Association and the McGowan Park Community Garden officially unveiled the centre piece for the garden. The work is entitled "AEON"  which will symbolize a spirit of  timelessness and eternity of nature. The work is designed by Sung Ho Choi, a former resident of Ridgefield Park, after his design was selected on an open competition. The stone was transformed by Ridgefield Park artist  George Cooke.  Mr Cooke, worked together with Sung Ho Choi to bring his idea to life in marble.  Mr Choi used a painting from the old Korean Chosun Dynasty as inspiration for his work. He also incorporated ten  symbols that show longevity, as part of the design. He hopes to bring the feeling living healthy and long life with happiness to everyone who works, or visits the garden.  "AEON" stands on a concrete base at the centre of the garden that was created by the Ridgefield Park Dept. of Public Works. 
  Before the unveiling member of the Arts Association and Village Commissioners talked about the transformation of the McGowan Park area from a homestead to a public park designed to be used by all residents of Ridgefield Park.  Mr Sung, followed by, Mr. Cooke thanked the support for this project from all the parts of the the Village Government.  Then the two artist removed the cover from the title stone which is inscribed with the the name,  year and artist name. 
 McGowan Park Community Garden is located at: 139 Bergen Turnpike Ridgefield Park, NJ. For more information about joining the Community Garden please visit their website at:  https://www.ridgefieldpark.org/community-garden

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