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Concrete Sculpture and Concrete Scultures of 9/11 and the World Trade Center

HISTORICAL  CONCRETE SCULPTURES BEING PLACED AROUND THE UNITED STATES AS MEMORIALS MADE FROM PARTS OF THE ‘BATH TUB ‘SLURRY WALL THAT HAD TO BE REMOVED TO MAKE WAY FOR THE NEW PATH SUBWAY STATION FROM GROUND ZERO AND 9/11.

HISTORICAL, LIMITED EDITION, CONCRETE MEMORIAL SCULPTURES COMMEMORATING 9/11 ARE TO BE PLACED STRATEGICALLY ALL OVER THE U.S.  THEY ARE BEING CREATED OUT OF PIECES OF THE BATHTUB SLURRY WALL THAT SURROUNDED THE ORIGINAL WORLD TRADE CENTER.  PARTS OF THAT WALL HAD TO BE REMOVED TO MAKE WAY FOR THE NEW PATH SUBWAY HUB.

Project 11up is about the creation and placement of 11 concrete memorial sculptures, ALONG WITH THREE MASTER SCULPTURES, around the United States commemorating 9/11. One of the Master Sculptures San created is named, VICTORII REBUILD. It includes engraved binary code for NY, NY, DC and PA and was set in place in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, next to City Hall on September 11, 2011, as a ten year anniversary piece.  The other Master Series sculpture is titled, ECHO 11, AS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT PIECE OF THIS ENTIRE BODY OF WORK BY SANDRA PRIEST.  It is the only piece of concrete that was saved for this project, with one of the steel anchor/tie backs still imbedded into the concrete.  All states that would like to consider this sculpture are welcomed to contact San on a commissioned basis and upon approval from San, will have this as a great historical monument of the United States in their city.

The THIRD IN THE LINE OF THE MASTER SCULPTURES, is now set in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Fort Douglas Military Museum on the Campus of Utah University.  It is titled:  UT6 and ALL, and is dedicated to all soldiers who have lost their lives not only in the State of Utah, but all the United States, as they served to fight for our freedoms since 9/11.   This piece was originally called UT6, as a special dedication to 6 soldiers who died serving in Afghanistan and Iraq who were from Utah.  Upon further discussions with the Fort Douglas Military Museum, everyone soon realized that there were many others who had perished in Utah and the United States and the sculpture was then appropriately renamed UT6 and ALL.

You can view all three completed sculptures of San’s work by clicking on the PA sculpture 2011, UT6 Sculpture 2013 and the Echo 11 Sculpture 2013 , on the right hand column of this page.  Miami Florida is commissioning the first of the eleven in the main body of work.  Remember the Echo 11 is completed and available for purchase now as the most significant sculpture of the collection.
San feels all the blocks of concrete for her sculptures have come up and out of the ground as a positive message of hope and rebuilding of the foundation of our nation. To take 4 foot thick, 45 year old, cured concrete out of the ground and sculpt it, is a type of artwork that has never been done before. Most artists, if they work with concrete at all, make a mold, pour in a wet mixture and wait until it cures in a day or two and break off the mold to reveal its shape. But the concrete for Project 11up is unique, for it was poured in the mid 60's as the foundation wall for the World Trade Center. It had a long time to cure, under great pressure from the towers and all the other buildings in the area. Parts of these blocks are as much as 14,000 PSI in density.

Many parts of this concrete, including the large aggregate stone came from the once thriving concrete quarries in the Allentown, Pennsylvania area of the Lehigh Valley.  San lived in Allentown for almost two years in 2005 to 07, with her now ex, Simon Priest, the former Dean of the Wescoe School at Muhlenberg College.  It was in 2006 that she came up with the idea of placing 11 concrete memorial sculptures around the US and the Morning Call Newspaper did a story on it.  She sculpted/engraved street sign symbols that tell the story of 9/11, on a concrete pipe that was donated by Vince Bussio, the owner of Geneva Pipe.  This was showcased at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas, NV as a test sculpture for San to see how well it would be received.  This sculpture is now in Moapa, NV at Geneva Pipe and can be viewed there.   San tried to get the project off and running at that time, but the concrete pipe, walk through experience sculptures were harder to get placed than she thought they would be.  San then built a website around this concrete pipe project in 2007 and left it up and running to hopefully spark some interest in her project.

It wasn’t until Rich Parrish, the CEO of Impact Environmental, found San’s website in December of 2010.  He let her know that he had something of great interest for her to create out of the concrete slurry wall from Ground Zero.  He stated in his email that his company had the honor of working at the site for a few years and ‘As part of the cleanup, we were required to take portions of the concrete slurry wall around the trade center out to make room for the underground rail that will now pull into the new trade center complex. The slurry wall is interesting in that it is the only piece of the trade center that actually still exists from the first buildings. Thus, it is the only surviving artifact. Recognizing the historical significance of these concrete pieces, we stored some for the future…….’

Later that day, when San finally got a chance to speak with Rich, she asked where the concrete blocks were and he said in the Allentown, Pennsylvania area!  That is where San came up with the idea of doing concrete sculptures in the first place.  This was the concrete she needed to make her dream come true.  A full circle of events had just happened.

After traveling all over the US for many years on extensive auto trips across the country, San already knows that many of the people she has talked to, feel a sort of disconnection from NY, DC and PA and long to pay their respects, but do not always have a 9/11 memorial nearby, to be able to do that.  As these sculptures are placed all over the U.S., they will be within driving distance to many that need the experience of healing from 9/11.   San feels this concrete does not belong to any one entity now, as it is commissioned for each city, it will then be part of everyone.  Her first concrete, tube sculpture project had that idea, but now, to have the actual concrete from the 9/11 site is incredible.  She does not believe there are any accidents in life.  The first block #1, made its’ way down here to Florida, the 1st of March, women’s history month.  Not too many women get an art project of this importance and San is humbled by that alone.

Most artwork created after 911, is of grief and sorrow, understandably so.  We have mourned and been sad, but this art project takes us out of that and into the future of hope, remembering and rebuilding.  San likes the building block theme for it resonates with the original shape of the concrete blocks she has been working on.  She chose the abstract style of artwork to keep many flat surfaces so that the viewer can relate to where the concrete came from in the first place, the slurry wall itself.

When the first cuts were made, you could now see just how amazingly beautiful this concrete is.  It has large aggregate stones in it, showing various colors of brown oxide, red sienna, white quartz, yellow ochre and even some green and black stones.  The rebar exposed in the concrete can be appreciated for its beauty and the quality of that steel comes alive.  The concrete slurry wall is full of the history of the area surrounding New York and the Lehigh Valley of the first concrete mines in Pennsylvania, its mud’s and rock found nowhere else in the US.

San is currently looking for the locations for the remaining sculptures.  You can reach her for any consultations on a sculpture in your city at 239-269-5733 or email :  artbysan@yahoo.com

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