Endless Possibilities at Eastern Branch Library

first_imgMinervini said his favorite work is “theone I am working on at the time,” but notedthat with overseeing the placement of hissculpture for the library next week, “youcan’t keep me away!” Noted sculptor Franco Minervini was on site when professionals from Harry H. Gordon Studios of Lambertville began assembling the pieces atop a foundation on the Route 35 side of the building. Minervini, whose sculptures are in numerous locations, including the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and two other places in Monmouth County, said he is highly pleased with the sculpture and looked forward to its installation. “I can never do the completion of one of my works on the base or foundation designed for it,” Minervini explained. “I leave that to the professionals in that particular field of expertise.” Harry Gordon is also a sculptor with a reputation for excellence in moving and transporting sculptures. “Endless Possibilities through Reading” depicts an open book surrounded by a large outer circle, and portrays “perfect knowledge,” Minervini said. “It shows we get so much knowledge and information from the written word, can surround ourselves with it, then with perfect knowledge, it is given back. Knowledge is all-encompassing.” ELIZABETH WULFHORST Workers installed the final pieces of a new sculpture, “Endless Possibilities through Reading,” at the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library Wednesday. The sculpture, carved from Indiana limestone, represents “many years of work,” said Judith Tolchin, library director. It is the result of a bequest to the Monmouth County Library from Charles Raffetto, a resident of Monmouth County who died in 2016. When assembled, the sculpture weighs approximately 4 tons. It sits upon a large rectangular concrete base. The library commission will install an identifying plaque on the base of the sculpture in about six weeks, said Tolchin who was on site June 9 watching the installation. The sculpture will also be surrounded by pavers, a bench and planting. The article originally appeared in the June 11 – 17, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. SHREWSBURY – Five pieces which willform a new sculpture on the grounds of theMonmouth County Library Eastern Brancharrived from New York state Monday. OnTuesday “Endless Possibilities throughReading” began taking shape. Minervini’s two other sculptures in Monmouth County are the Eagle, a focal point of Monmouth County’s 9/11 memorial at Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook in Atlantic Highlands, and the Fallen Firefighters Memorial at the Monmouth County Fire Academy. Minervini also completed work with other stonemasons to preserve historic elements on the exterior portions of the White House several years ago. Currently, Minervini is working on a sculpture about the COVID-19 pandemic. “This is a highlight in a series of highlights for the Monmouth County Library,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Monmouth County Library. “Franco has carved in stone the belief of the library and its board of commissioners that there truly are endless possibilities, growth, entertainment, recreation and sheer enjoyment within the pages of a book. While today’s technology has broadened the definition of books and made them even more accessible through ever changing technology, the Monmouth County Library has kept up with these advances and continues to offer endless possibilities through every means, be it the hard cover variety or the handheld computer.”last_img