'Victorii Rebuild' is set in place in Bethlehem, PA as the 10 year 9/11 anniversary piece sculpture and I now have a request for a smaller sculpture to be placed at Oregon State University.
I started working with my cousin Ted Flory, who worked at OSU, on a journey which concluded in the placement of an abstract piece I did and named 'Socratic Way'. Ted worked with many at the university to make this happen. This sculpture was to be given in Ted's name, as a gift from he and his family for it wouldn't of happened without his hard work and his belief in the university having this piece.
Kay Krapf and I flew out to Portland, Oregon for the dedication of the Socratic Way sculpture. First, we immediately drove north to Cannon Beach, OR. This is where the movie Goonies was filmed. The famous scene of the pirate ship coming into view around the large rock formation out in the water, called Haystack Rock, is in Cannon Beach. Kay and I did our site seeing first, for we knew it was going to be an emotional couple days. Not knowing what to expect, we relaxed for a few hours before we made our way to Corvallis and the University.
The Memorial Union building is where Socratic Way was set up to be on view. It was built and dedicated in 1929 as the first student union built in the state and was completed with funds from alumni and students alike. It is a beautiful building full of great history and was built as a living memorial to the service and inspiration of the living and the memory of our immortal dead. The Memorial Union houses 300+ works of art periodically on display all over the building including one of the Project 911up pieces.
Corvallis is a pleasant town and Oregon State University is beautiful in the spring, with all the trees in full bloom around campus. We were greeted with warm, open arms and a surprise of an unveiling ceremony as many of the universities art students made replicas of the concrete into print form, applied it to glass in the foreground with a skyline of NYC in the background. Sitting in the middle of the 12 ft. long glass display was the sculpture. Oregon State University President Ed Ray, was on hand for the unveiling and dedication ceremony. President Ray told me at the time that he was from New York and that the events of 9/11 affected he and his family greatly. He was very grateful for our gift to the University and the Memorial Union. There were several different men and women in uniform at the ceremonies, representing different branches of the armed services, on hand to pay their respects to this dedicated sculpture. What they did not realize was just how much Kay and I appreciated their service and dedication to our country. I was glad to get to speak to some, if even for a short time and thank them for their service.
As an artist, to be able to see how your art is making a difference, is priceless. Each step of this project is a memorable one.