The Making of a Sculpture

Sung Ho Choi's Winning  Sculpture Design - Aeon
Sung Ho Choi's Winning Sculpture Design - Aeon

Next time you find yourself near McGowan Park on Bergen Turnpike, you owe it to yourself to stop by to witness the birth of a sculpture.

On August 9th a limestone block weighing 3,350 pounds and standing 56” tall completed its journey from a limestone quarry in Indiana. After being cut to size and delivered by Generation Stone Works of McKeesport Pennsylvania, which is just outside of Pittsburgh, it was set in place on a temporary platform in McGowan Park by the Department of Public Works.

Over the next several months, Ridgefield Park resident and artist George Cooke, who already has a few smaller art pieces on display at McGowan Park, will be carving the stone with elegant precision at the park. Upon its completion, the sculpture will be called Aeon.  Designed by Sung Ho Choi, a former Ridgefield Park resident. Aeon contains 10 Korean symbols of long life.

Come see and experience this splendid tribute to life as it takes shape. You can also check the Green Team’s page on the village website to see photos of Aeon’s progress.  https://www.ridgefieldpark.org/green-team

Once completed, Aeon will be placed in the center of the Community Garden location in McGowan Park for all to enjoy while visiting the park. Continue to check the Green Team’s website for information on when Aeon will be dedicated. 

If you do decide to visit the park, be sure to take a photo or two as the sculpture comes to life.  You are encouraged to email your photos to greenteam@ridgefieldpark.org.  Those photos could be part of a slide show that the Green Team will be putting together on the making of the sculpture.