Monday, May 14, 2007

Paramus Park Mall Turkey Statue

Paramus, New Jersey - circa 1970s

In my Paramus Park Mall entry of a few days ago, mention was made (via Wiki info) of a large metal turkey statue that sat in one of the mall's courtyards:
"Two small courtyards are at the other leg intersections; one now hosts a carousel, the other the bronze statue of a turkey described below.

The name Paramus comes from the Lenni Lenape Native American word meaning 'land of the wild turkey' or 'place of fertile soil'. That is why there is a giant metal statue of a turkey in the Paramus Park mall."
Thanks (once again) to Charles Freericks, who supplied the photo of the mall for the last post, we now have the above vintage-era shot of the Paramus Park Mall wild turkey statue! It's apparently still there today, btw, albeit now demoted to a more low-key location in the food court on the mall's upper level.

To the left is a recent picture of it (2006) I found on Photobucket. Gives a little more perspective on its size, and you can also see a plaque on the display which explains the piece and names its artist (Christopher Parke, I believe).

Mall history: 1974 - present
Current website: here
Developer: The Rouse Company
Current aerial view
Info from Wikipedia
Previous entries: 1

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Blogger Fletcher said...

Is it just me, or does it not seem that New Jersey had the swankest malls?
isn't Chris Towne Mall is Jersey?
that place is swanktastic.

Mon May 14, 01:39:00 PM  
Blogger Cora Buhlert said...

Cool, a giant turkey with a Native American rider. Every mall should have one.

Mon May 14, 06:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have a picnic in the park.
Have a picnic in Paramus Park.
We make shopping fun again...
once again...
at Paramus Park.

Mon May 14, 06:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Paramus Park first opened, there was a huge terraced waterfall in center court (which actually had the water of each ocean poured into it on opening day in 1976). Sadly the renovation of a few years ago took that out.

Tue May 15, 12:09:00 AM  
Blogger BIGMallrat said...

It's going to peck your eyes out!!!

Wed May 16, 04:11:00 PM  
Anonymous didi said...

I wonder how I can commission a giant turkey statue in my backyard.

Sat May 19, 12:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any photos from the 70's? I went there then. Always to the "head-shop"
to buy pot incense, black-light posters, and such.

It was there at a car(Jaguar)show that I first laid eyes upon the XJ6.

One of my first jobs was at the "Swiss Colony".

Sat Dec 06, 05:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Jerry said...

Please post the great theme song: "Have a picnic in the Park" from the 70s.

Thu Aug 12, 01:10:00 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

"Have a picnic in the Park
Have a picnic in Paramus Park
We've made shopping fun again,
fun again, fun again,
Shopping in the Park
Paramus Park."

This same commercial was used for Franklin Park in Toledo, OH, with the words modified slightly. There was also rarely-used verse with a different melody. It went, (approximately):

"It's time that there's a place to shop that's more than just some stores and concrete.
Paramus Park
There ought to be a place where you can get most anything you need
Paramus Park
There ought to be some trees
And a waterfall
A place to get it all
A place to do it all
Now it's here (now it's here)
In the park (in the park)
Now it's here, in the park,
Paramus Park"

Thu Aug 25, 07:31:00 PM  

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