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A Gift of Time

At the Main entrance to the Justice Center, twin flagpoles stand as soldiers flanking a unique hand crafted sundial dedicated by the Board of Chosen Freeholders on Tuesday, May 27, 1997.

Stockton resident, Anthony Cordasco, spent several hundred hours during the past year designing, carving plaster and sawing metal to fashion his donation of the bronze, steel and copper sundial.
Justice Center

While many of Hunterdon's residents were watching parades and enjoying outdoor barbecues during the 1997 Memorial Day weekend, Cordasco was investing additional hours to make sure the pedestal was level and the sundial lined up with true North. When asked about his labor of love Cordasco replied "Wasn't it William James who said, 'The greatest use of a life is in something that outlasts it?'"

Sundial The bronze sundial plate, cast in Pennington, contains three Latin words aimed at merging "the best of the past" with something new. "Aspice," which means "to look at or behold", is near the noon mark on the sundial, "Respice," which means "to look back," is by the morning hours, and "Prospice," which means "to look forward," is near the evening hours. This is especially appropriate wording on a monument at a facility where the sun should forever shine on justice!

An intricately carved stainless steel arc bounded by a cutout crescent moon forms the highly polished vertical part of the sundial which casts a shadow on the sharp "sun's ray" lines marking the time of day according to Eastern Standard Time.

County Buildings and Maintenance Department removed a section of the paved stone walkway between the flagpoles to pour a three foot concrete base and insert a metal rod to support the 700 lb stone pedestal base made in Connecticut.

Anthony Cordasco is an accomplished metal artisan, crafting hand-wrought silver and pewter hollowware, ornamental ironware, and gold and silver jewelry. He is a recipient of a National Ornamental Metal Museum award and had one of his designs featured on both a commemorative medal and a PC Magazine cover. He is a systems programmer and court appointed mediator and was previously employed as a metalworking instructor, English teacher, and blacksmith. Along with his artistically creative wife, Julie Gerow, he is also active in Revolutionary War re-enactments. But most interesting is the fact that this is Cordasco's first sundial! According to Cordasco, the selection of books available on making sundials motivated him to write his own manuscript, complete with drawings, which he may publish himself. He said he wrote the book to better understand what he was doing and would enjoy teaching others.

John P. Sullivan, branch manager of Flemington's Merrill Lynch office, was instrumental in providing funds for the pedestal base and casting of the sundial.

Sundail Dedication
left to right: Julie Gerow; the artist, Anthony Cordasco; John Sullivan of Merrill Lynch; Stephanie Stevens, Chairman, Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission; Freeholders, George B. Melick, Frank J. Fuzo, and Paul C. Sauerland, Jr.; and County Administrator, Dorothy K. Bertany.

The Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission is overwhelmed with the generosity of the local artists who donated their works of art to enhance the Justice Center. These donors span the panoply of human creative contributions to society. They have donated their creativity because they could. Let the rest of this county's citizens re-affirm the concept of the artist as a valued member of society to be nurtured, respected or even venerated. The work of the rest of us is to promote, protect and support their creativity. In this way the synergy between creativity and citizenship with continue to survive.

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