Gilgal Garden celebrates 10 years as a public park

A decade after it became a public park, Gilgal Garden is flourishing.

The stone sculptures in this art park, once in a state of disrepair, have been restored to their original condition and sit surrounded by a beautiful border garden. And the park’s sculptures still inspire visitors to think about faith and ponder the mysteries of life.

“It’s such a testament to one man’s vision,” said Cindy Cromer, who helped organize a Sunday celebration of the garden’s 10th anniversary as a public park. The event included artists in action and an opportunity for children to create sculptures from modeling clay.

Gilgal Garden — named after the place outside of Jericho where ancient Israelites crossed the Jordan River in the Middle East — contains a dozen original sculptural arrangements with biblical themes and more than 70 engraved stones with quotes from hymns, scripture, poets, philosophers and religious leaders.

The artistic gem was created by stonemason and LDS Church Bishop Thomas Battersby Child Jr., with help from Utah sculptor Maurice Brooks, as a tribute to faith and the craft of masonry. The quartzite and granite sculptures date from 1945 until Child’s death in 1963.

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