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|Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:53 am Post subject: 9/11 Memorial Cross for the Church of Saint Peter
From Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:00 am to Mon Apr 04, 2011 2:59 am (included)
|9/11 Memorial Cross for the Church of Saint Peter
New York City
By sculptor Jon Krawczyk
In a recent letter to Leslie Sacks Fine Art, sculptor Jon Krawczyk sent the following statement regarding the creation of a 9/11 Memorial Cross for the Church of Saint Peter, located near Ground Zero and damaged in the 9/11 attack:
When the dust cleared around the destruction of the Twin Towers on 9/11, there amidst the pile of rubble was a Cross, a symbol of hope and peace, surreal yet sublime. This cruciform remnant from the World Trade Center was later moved to the Church of Saint Peter where it has stood as an object of veneration. It will soon be moved to the 9/11 Museum at the site of the World Trade Center.
At the urging of a parishioner, I was approached to create a Cross for the church to take the place of this extraordinary piece of the Twin Towers in order to memorialize those who lost their lives. I propose using my Smoke style to create an ambiguous form combining the Cross and an abstract representation of the human form, so they are almost one and the same. This is a metaphor for the human condition: the agony and the ecstasy.
This Cross will be made of highly polished stainless steel so each and every onlooker will see himself or herself reflected in the Cross, hopefully thinking about those who sacrificed before them, and then considering what their own sacrifice will be. But before they think I want people to see the beauty first the beauty of existence, the beauty of the Cross, then remember the destruction and find a better way Jon Krawczyk
This 9/11 Memorial Cross will be fabricated from polished stainless steel and measure 12 feet high by 9 feet wide. Fragments of steel, courtesy of The National September 11 Memorial and Museum, will be incorporated into this memorial with the cooperation of the 9/11 Museum. These fragments will be placed per the nails of the crucifixion. A plaque will be placed at the base of the Cross, and will read as follows:
Respectfully dedicated to the memory of all who perished
on September 11, 2001
May they never be forgotten