Tampa, FL September 7, 2011 - Mayor Bob Buckhorn will be joined by community leaders to dedicate the 9/11 World Trade Center Artifact. The event will be on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. at Bayshore and Bay to Bay boulevards. The memorial was designed by Wilder Architecture, Inc. Architect Larry Wilder also led the primarily volunteer effort, which includes several community business partners. "This was something a lot of us could get behind – it's very inspiring," said Wilder. "There has been a tremendous sense of volunteerism, a get-it-done attitude throughout the project that feels very American and it has been a privilege to be part of this project."
The memorial sculpture recalls the World Trade Center site with an elevated concrete base, matching the orientation and scale of the site in New York City. An aluminum frame echoes the material and proportions of the towers. The memorial is one one-hundredth the scale of the actual towers and site. When complete, the steel WTC artifact, held above the base within the symbolic north tower, will function as a sundial. As the shadow of the artifact falls on the ground on the morning of September 11, the lower slab will mark the duration of time from the first airplane's impact on the north tower to the subsequent collapse of the tower on September 11, 2001.
The City of Tampa is one of over 1,100 cities across the United States to receive an artifact of the World Trade Center from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Part of the criteria in receiving an artifact is that it be incorporated into an appropriate use such as a memorial. A second artifact was received on behalf of the city and will be dedicated separately.
The memorial is sited in the median of Bayshore Boulevard at Bay to Bay Boulevard, also known as Patriot's Corner, for the unyielding support shown to the men and women of service by the Bayshore Patriots. For more information, please contact Art Programs Manager Robin Nigh at (813) 274-8531 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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