The visit has been made, the photographs have been taken and the negotiations start.
I am asked if I can make a sculpture out of one of the blocks for Rich and his company to give as a 10 year anniversary piece of 9/11. I am asked to do this as a gift. After thinking it over a short two hours, I called him back and said of course I would want to do this! We spoke of logistics and after I agreed to do this as a gift, he agreed to deliver the first block of his choice to me in Florida and to pick it up when finished to the location of its permanent placement. I asked if I could have the entire project once I finished his sculpture and he agreed. After all, who would be more capable of this project than myself for already having the idea to place concrete sculptures in 2006. Now it was becoming a reality with the actual concrete blocks cut out of the slurry wall that surrounded the World Trade Center.
We then went over 6 different designs I presented to Rich's company and they chose one they loved for me to create. Now it was up to me to decide on the crew I would need to help me make the first cuts and to get the job done.
The first block is delivered to my studio in Fort Myers, Florida and comes draped in the American Flag. My son Carey Francis Foley in the blue shirt and my son in law, Eric Peterson in the red shirt are shown unveiling the block soon after it arrived in 2011. All who were present were visibly moved and 4 Marines from the Fort Myers area were there to greet its arrival and fold the flag and present the flag for safekeeping to the project. I kept that flag and it sits in a case in my office with the printed truck delivery manifest from Pennsylvania to Florida.
What a great day that was! It marked the beginning of many days to come, just having the honor to be able to touch and shape this into a memorial for all to see.