CAMBRIA CITY, JOHNSTOWN, PA – The First National Bank Pop Plaza has a new look as Artist Norman Ed, Fi-Hoff Concrete Products, and Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center (Bottle Works) installs a new hand-crafted sculpture park, which completes the construction phase of this new community greenspace in Historical District of Cambria City. Visitors will also note a welcome sign installed by First National Bank to help identify the new greenspace on the Bottle Works Campus.
Norman Ed, retired Westmont School District teacher and local artist, was commissioned to create four unique concrete monuments, and five years later, the sculpture park at the Bottle Works is finally a reality.
“I am really excited to be a part of this community project,” says Norman Ed. “From the murals on the barrier wall and now to the sculptures in the Pop Plaza, residents and visitors can witness the amazing artistic talent within in our City.”
The physical portion of the work entails the design and construction of a concrete form/ mold with relief texture add to the interior of the form/mold to crate the final surface of the cast concrete sculpture. Three of the four sculptures are 8-feet tall with a 2-feet square at the top and narrows to 6-inch square at the bottom. The fourth sculpture stands at 5-feet tall. The form/mold is constructed from ¾ inch plywood with construction lumber reinforcement. The interior texture is created with wood, polystyrene foam, polyurethane foam and silicone. Inside of the poured concrete is a steel reinforcing structure, fabricated of rebar and 3-inch steel pipe.
In 2019, First National Bank made a substantial community investment in the Bottle Works. With this capital investment, the Bottle Works will be able to maintain and sustain this community jewel.
Greg Winger, Regional Manager of Commercial Banking for First National Bank’s Central Mountain Region, said, “The installation of the sculpture park and welcome sign are important milestones in the ongoing commitment to community and cultural development that the Bottle Works has helped to spearhead in Johnstown. FNB is proud to play such a prominent role in this endeavor as part of our mission to improve the quality of life in each of the regions we call home.”
On Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, the Bottle Works will have a final park reveal ceremony on the FNB Pop Plaza Festival Lawn from 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM. The outdoor ceremony will shine a light on the partnerships made to make this green space a community resources, which in turn enhances the quality of life and aesthetics of the City.
The Bottle Works Ethnic Art Center, founded in 1993, is a dynamic non-profit arts organization dedicated to inspiring artistic passion, community connectivity, ethnic appreciation, and sustainable practices across generations. We also strive to be an incubator of change in Western Pennsylvania, driving economic and cultural development through artistic programming, exhibits, education, and community and special events.
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