Korean Memorial Among Monumental Glass Works

Fairfield (IA) Ledger - Wednesday, March 14, 1990

By MARNI MELLEN, Ledger staff writer

Korean War memorial

The intricate cutting done by Creative Edge Corp. shows in the polished black granite map of Korea which is featured in a war memorial the company recently completed for the government. Tim Ollom, top, does the programming for computerized cutting. Harry Aalto is company vice president for design. The map fits into blocks which will be installed flat on the ground.


Creative Edge has just closed a contract to do a memorial for astronauts at Cape Canaveral, Belilove said. The memorial will recognize all astronauts who have died in space programs.

The company will cut each name into a 60-foot high wall of granite.

The underground tunnel of the United Air Lines terminal at O'Hare airport in Chicago is a dazzling glass spectacle by Creative Edge. Intricately cut panels of laminated glass are the ceiling design.

The company currently is working on what Belilove, Aalto and Ollom all refer to as a "monumental" glass sculpture which will be installed in the floor of a shopping mall. Titled "River of Marbles," the sculpture will feature 120 panels shaped like waves with marbles embedded beneath the glass.

Creative Edge did a large Soldiers and Sailors memorial for downtown Indianapolis. In a less serious vein, the firm has the job of cutting a 3-by-8-foot slab of the Berlin wall into small dove-shaped pieces for symbolic mementos. A Fairfield resident paid a lot of money to buy the slab of wall from the German government and get it shipped to Fairfield, Belilove said.■



The intricately cut two-inch thick rectangles of different colored granite have been sent out from the vast production center of Creative Edge Corp., 601 S. 23rd St., eventually to be installed flat on the ground in Maryland as a Korean War Memorial.

James Belilove, president of Creative Edge since August 1989, marks up the project as one of many of monumental proportion that the company has created as a subcontractor to design architects and artists nationwide.

Creative Edge — originally Creative Glassworks International, Inc. — uses water jet technology combined with computer-programmed glass cutting to cut thicker materials than ever possible before. The technique produces precise, smooth-edged products of the most intricate detail.

Although Creative Edge has taken on some industrial contracts, most of its work is the area of creative art by which an artist's concept of a glass sculpture, for example, is actually produced by machine.

That was the format when Creative Edge cut the world's largest outdoor glass sculpture, designed by Edwina Sandys for Monsanto Co. headquarters in St. Louis. The sculpture is in several sections, of angled shafts of thick glass joined as 16-foot high arches.

The separate panels of the Korean War Memorial will be laid together, covering a ground area 28 feet across, Belilove said. Cut like a jigsaw puzzle, the map of Korea is in polished black granite, its pieces fitted into a white granite background combined with a suggestion of nearby lands in gray granite.

It will be assembled and mounted in the ground in an outdoor plaza, he said.

The subcontractor contract was with Rock of Ages Co. in Vermont engineered by sales representative Diane Cook of Creative Edge. Rock of Ages shipped granite to Fairfield and after two weeks of fulltime work by two shifts, the finished product was shipped back to Vermont.

Other key personnel at the Fairfield plant are Tim Ollom, computer programmer, and Harry Aalto, vice president for design.