Light Dispelling Darkness - Edison, NJ
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N 40° 32.452 W 074° 20.443
18T E 555829 N 4487999
"Light Dispelling Darkness" is a 1937 WPA era scupture in Roosevelt Park in Edison, NJ. There are 6 abstract sculptures which represent War, Famine, Pestilence, Death, Greed and Materialism.
Waymark Code: WM9M2D
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 09/01/2010
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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There are six concrete arches extending from the center fountain of this amazing sculpture. At the end of the arcs are six colorful, somewhat scary abstract sculptures emblematical of War, Famine, Pestilence, Death, Greed and Materialism. The mini sculptures are quite extraordinary and by all rights, each one could be an individual waymark.

The sculpture exhibits a heroic theme of combating evil through knowledge. It is a terracotta globe surrounding a shaft of relief figures of a scientist, artist, engineer, and muscular, un-shirted men apparently representing industrial workers or working-class people. On the outside are six figures representing conquest, war, famine, death, greed and materialism fleeing the forces of science and knowledge, an appropriate theme for Edison, NJ. Out of the six figures, 4 of them contain the horses of the Apocalypse.

These sculptures can be found near the entrance of Roosevelt Park. It is to the right of the Middlesex County war memorial. When I visited the fountain was not on, unfortunately. According to the interpretives present at the site the fountain was recently renovated thanks to a ton of dough raised for the project. I am also including a link to a video I made of this sculpture/fountain as well. Click HERE

Title: Light Dispelling Darkness

Artist: Waylande Gregory

Media (materials) used: Concrete, terra cotta,

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): Roosevelt Park

Date of creation or placement: 1937

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