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the latest National Sculptors' Guild installation is by Kathleen Caricof, "Standing Tall" The City Of San Luis Obispo's World Trade Center Memorial at the entry of Fire Station #1. Completed last week in time for the 9/11 remembrance ceremony. Caricof's design which incorporates an I-beam from the trade center, creates an intimate space for contemplation and reflection.
Each of the 403 posts surrounding the beam represent the emergency workers lost in the destruction of the towers. Red steel for the firefighters, blue anodized aluminum for the police officers. Read more here:
A 10-foot steel I-beam from the World Trade Center will become a central piece of a public art project at San Luis Obispo’s main fire station. The beam, recovered from the mangled rubble left when the twin towers fell, will be transformed from a symbol of devastation into a work of art honoring the fallen.
“Standing Tall,” pays tribute to the 403 emergency workers who died while helping others try to escape the World Trade Center towers before they fell. Tall metal posts — 343 firefighters represented by reddish/rusted steel and 60 police officers represented by blue anodized aluminum — will be embedded in an arc around the circular plaza. All 403 posts will be embedded in two concrete bases that follow the arc of the circular plaza. These bases will be low allowing the sculptural posts to be the main visual impact. The different colored posts will be randomly interspersed with each other, adding greater visual interest while referring to the fact that regardless of what hat the first responders wore, they died together.
The I-beam is prominently displayed at the center of the plaza, with a single large redwood bench positioned in front of the I-beam, where the viewer can sit and contemplate.