Welcome to Ocean County
The Welcome to Ocean County monument was unveiled on August 14, 2014, in Ocean County. It recognizes the resiliency of the residents after the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy, and welcomes everyone back to the revitalized, beautiful Jersey Shore, as they travel the Route 37 corridor.
The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation and Hanlon Studios collaborated with people throughout the Ocean County community to find out how they wanted the area to be portrayed. The final artwork, constructed entirely by Ocean County contractors, features a monumental bronze sculpture of a family on the boardwalk mounted to a granite base that has seemingly risen above the water around it. The waves surrounding the sculpture, and the scallop shell serving as the backdrop is custom-carved from blocks of granite. A stainless steel silhouette of a ferris wheel in the background appropriately displays the message “Welcome to Ocean County.” This monument truly represents what our community stands for: family, great recreational offerings, and people that rise above adversity regardless of the obstacle.
World-renowned artist and sculptor Brian P. Hanlon, a Toms River resident, was commissioned to design and create the monument. Hanlon is the Official Sculptor for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.