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First ideas, 9/11 Sign Images Tell a Story

July 8, 2017


When I first started this project back in 2006, before parts of the World Trade Center concrete slurry wall was even being cut out to bring in the new PATH subway station, I decided to make a sculpture out of existing concrete.  I only knew that 9/11 had been on my mind since it happened and I had to do something.  This sculpture titled 'Signs 11" was created.  First though, I had to find a company that was willing to donate a concrete pipe to me and to have it delivered to the World of Concrete in Las Vegas for the 2007 show.  I started calling around and got questionable replies like, "Honey, do you know how much that pipe weighs?" and "Do you know what you are doing?" and "What the heck does a concrete pipe have to do with 9/11 anyway?" I just laughed and kept on going with my ideas and did not let them deter me one bit.  I got Geneva Pipe's Las Vegas area branch out in Nevada to agree to donate a 96 inch, 8 foot long section of pipe they had as a cut off section just laying around for me to use for this idea.  My mother Millie and I flew out to Las Vegas a little over a month before the show and spent everyday out in Moapa, NV.  We did not gamble, believe it or not!  Geneva Concrete's plant was in the middle of nowhere and I created this sculpture with engraved binary code on each side representing '9/11' and formed additional concrete sign images on the inside.  My idea was to showcase it at the World of Concrete trade show and see how the public would respond to my idea of placing 11 memorials around the United States.  I am here to tell you it was a great experience meeting different folks those 5 days and I gathered priceless information about how to speak to people about my mission.  On the downside I could not 'sell' this idea to most people after that day.  The idea of the concrete pipe sculptures I thought was a good one, so I built a website around my idea, put up pictures of the sculpture in Vegas and waited for the right person to find it.  That happened a few years later when Rich Parrish of Impact Environmental found that site.  Tomorrow I will post the story of Rich. Hope to see you back here then!

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Art By San 8568 Evergreen Ln,  St. James City, FL  33956 

**Project 911UP and Sandra Priest, has given thousands of dollars to each of the three National Memorials since 2015;
the 911 Memorial in New York City, NY, the  Pentagon Memorial, Arlington, VA 
and the  Flight 93 Memorial in  Shanksville, PA
12% of proceeds from all sculptures are to be sent out in a continued effort to these memorials.