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430 Park Ave.
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Columbus Monument

Christopher Columbus
(prob. Cogoleto, Republic of Genua, c. 1451 - Valladolid 1506)
Italian explorer, who in Spanish service completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean that led to general European awareness of America (see Background Information)
Lenox Brown & Gheorghi Filin

Scotch Plains /  Columbus Monument   Scotch Plains /  Columbus Monument


The white Carrara marble base consists of a hand, holding a sphere sculpted in marble, half solid, representing land, and half consisting of a stainless steel grid enclosing three sails, representing ocean.

The monument was designed by Union County College (UCC) architecture student Lennox Brown of Newark. The UNICO Project Committee chose from nearly 100 designs submitted by Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School students, UCC students and many other local artists. Mr. Brown's design was selected for its uniqueness, unlike many of the traditional bust designs of Columbus that were submitted.
Donated by the local chapter of Unico National, the Italian American Club of Scotch Plains, and the Knights of Columbus - Reverend John S. Nelligan Council 5730.


dedicato a
admiral of the ocean sea
a voyage of discovery
every man has in himself a continent
of undiscovered character
happy he who acts the
columbus to his own soul
            j. stephen

conceptual design by
lennox brown
newark, n.j.

sculpture by
gheorgi filin
carrara, italy

october 12, 1998

scotch plains-fanwood unico
scotch plains, nj

italian american club
scotch plains, n.j.

knights of columbus
rev. john s. nellican council #5730
scotch plains, n.j.

Close to this monument is a memoral stone in the pavements with the following inscription:

Time Capsule.
Honoring Christopher Columbus and keeping
faith with the Italo-American community
emigrating to the township of Scotch Plains
in the County of Union and State of New Jersey
in the 19th and 20th centuries from
Montazzoli, Italy, Province of Chieti.
To be opened on Columbus Day in the year 2050.


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Location (N 40°39'0" - W 74°23'51")

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