Children Reading Statue

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Hudson County, Union City

4300 New York Avenue
Union City, NJ
Open to Public

Enid Bell (1904-1994)
WPA Sculptor

The “Children Reading” statue by Enid Bell is located behind a chain link fence on a grassy lot next to the Union City Free Public Library. Bell was born in England and came to New York City at the age of 17 to study art. She spent much of her career living in Englewood, New Jersey, and through her association with the Federal Arts Project of the 1930s, created many sculptures for New Jersey public buildings. Many of Bell’s themes were typical of the Federal Arts Projects, depicting American life through sculptures of children and mothers, children reading and people studying. Bell also worked for the Works Projects Administration (WPA) as the supervisor of the WPA’s Sculpture of the New Jersey Arts and Crafts Project, which ran from 1935 to 1943. Bell received many honors for her work during her lifetime, including the Gold Medal Diploma of the Paris Exposition of 1937.

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