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

WHAT THIS WEBSITE IS ABOUT…

SEVENTEEN 15,000 LB. SALVAGED BLOCKS from PARTS OF THE CONCRETE SLURRY WALL THAT SURROUNDED the ORIGINAL WORLD TRADE CENTER AND GROUND ZERO ARE BEING MADE INTO HISTORICAL, LIMITED EDITION, MEMORIAL SCULPTURES COMMEMORATING 9/11.  THESE SCULPTURES ARE BEING PLACED STRATEGICALLY ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES AND A FEW LOCATIONS AROUND THE GLOBE.  THE SLURRY WALL WAS THE ONLY THING LEFT STANDING AFTER 9/11.  A FEW YEARS LATER PARTS OF THAT WALL HAD TO BE REMOVED TO MAKE WAY FOR THE NEW PATH SUBWAY STATION TO TRANSPORT PEOPLE IN. OVER 100 CUT OUT BLOCKS WERE RECYCLED, BUT ONLY A FEW WERE SAVED FOR AN ARTISTS TOUCH.

WHO IS THE ARTIST…

SAN WAS CHOSEN AS THE ONLY ARTIST FOR THIS TASK AND IS IN CHARGE OF THE ENTIRE PROJECT.  SHE WILL WORK DIRECTLY WITH YOU ON DESIGN OPTIONS THAT FIT YOUR OWN MEMORIAL NEEDS.

WHEN ARE THE SCULPTURES BEING COMPLETED…

Three Master Sculptures are already created.  The first is a permanent installation 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 second one in THE LINE OF THE MASTER SCULPTURES, is also set permanently in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Fort Douglas Military Museum on the Campus of Utah University.  It is titled:  UT6 and ALL, and the Utah Fallen Warrior Memorial, 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 the Gulf War to the present day.  The Third in the Master Series is called ECHO 11 and is considered 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.  The only other place you can view one of these metal anchor/tiebacks is downstairs in the 9/11 MEMORIAL MUSEUM, New York City.  They have exposed a section of the old slurry wall for all to see it up close.  You can read all about the three sculptures by clicking on the tabs called, PA sculpture 2011, UT6 Sculpture 2013 and the Echo 11 Sculpture 2013, on the upper right hand column of this page.

WHERE IS THE MATERIAL FROM AND THE STORY OF HOW THE PROJECT CAME TO SAN…

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.  In 2006 she came up with the idea of placing 11 concrete pipe 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 in January of 2007, was received very well by the public and spurned San onto continuing with her idea.  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 since the material did not come from NYC.  San then built a website around this concrete sculpture pipe project in 2007 and left it up and running to spark some interest in her project and hoped someone would find her.

In December of 2010, Rich Parrish, the CEO of Impact Environmental, did just that and found San’s website.  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.  San then flew out immediately to see the blocks and Rich asked her if she could create a sculpture for him Pro Bono.  San took some time to think while she was photographing the concrete for the first time and then called Rich.  She stated that she would agree to do his first sculpture as a gift but that he needed to give her the entire project for the blocks needed to stay together as one body of work and not be given to 16 other artists.  Rich agreed and upon placement of his first sculpture titled, VICTORII REBUILD, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, he granted the remainder of the project and turned over the entire placement and creation into San’s hands.

WHY IS THIS PROJECT BEING DONE…

SAN SEES THIS PROJECT AS ONE OF MOVING FORWARD TOWARDS A HOPE AND REBUILDING OF OUR NATION AND THE WORLD.  After traveling all over the US for many years on extensive 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.  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.  San has chosen 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.

HOW CAN YOU HAVE A SCULPTURE FOR YOUR OWN CITY…

THERE ARE ONLY 14 ADDITIONAL LARGE SCULPTURES IN THE SERIES OF 17 LEFT.  This project is finite.  There will no longer be any parts of the slurry wall coming up and out of the ground for all the construction has closed up the area.  San is currently looking for the locations and commissions for the remaining sculpture placements. She can be reached at 239-269-5733 or email :  San@SanCrete.com

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