All were created by renowned sculptors who also have celebrated works in Newark, New Jersey! Indeed, Newark is home to an amazing array of monuments, memorials, and statuary, reflecting a long artistic and cultural heritage.
In 1975, The Newark Museum Quarterly published a survey of the city's public sculptures. In the 42 years since, however, this work has naturally become out of date, as new monuments have been erected and others moved or even lost.
New Jersey historian, author, and GSL's founder, Gordon Bond, has decided to undertake the creation of a new book that will update and expand on that idea. Tentatively called "Monumental Newark," the proposed work will go deeper into the fascinating back-stories of who or what the monuments depict and how they came to be. The goal is to reconnect Newarkers with the art and history in the public spaces they may pass by without ever realizing. This project is looking to produce:
A full-color book of modern and historic images with in-depth text exploring the stories behind each
An exhibition of artifacts and images from various Newark repositories pertaining to the monuments
An app that will help visitors locate and learn about these monuments
This page has been added to the GSL website to help support this project. A Facebook page has also been established to help those interested to keep up-to-date with its progress. If you have any suggestions for resources, please email me, and feel free to share this page with anyone you think should know about it!
Click on the image above to open a PDF mock-up of the sort of book being envisioned. This sample focuses on "Wars of America" in Military Park.
(Note: This is intended only as a mock-up sample and is not final layout, text, or illustrations.)