911 not only brings back memories of September 11, 2001, but is a universal call out for many different emergencies. This year, there was no remembrance of that day here at the Project 911UP studios, by the sculptures I am working on, for I had evacuated to the State of Alabama and then Louisville, Kentucky, to get away from Hurricane Irma. After seeing what happened to Texas with Harvey, leaving was the only option for myself and all four houses of immediate family members to escape Irma.
We struggled through gathering important papers and immediate clothing, trudged through traffic congestion for 15 hours of a normally 8 hour drive and stayed with other family members up North. All in all, it was just time from school and work that we lost, for as we returned, all of our homes were intact with just some debris and trees down on our land. Included with all the rain from a couple weeks, one of the 9/11 sculptures, tipped, as the saturated earth could no longer support the weight of the wooden base it was sitting on and it sunk into the ground. This is the sculpture called 'PEACETIME 11'. Kind of appropriate that this is the one that moved, for a disruption of peace has occurred with all three of the major hurricanes lately, Harvey, Irma and Maria.
I couldn't imagine how I would handle what Harvey did to all those directly involved. After coming back and receiving great help from neighbors and family to cut up felled trees and debris cleanup from Irma, I realized just how fortunate our 4 houses were. Not so fortunate for Kay Krapf, my friend and the originator of the saving of these 9/11 blocks many years ago. She provided protection on her land until they were moved to my studio. You see, Kay owns property on Marco Island and received major damage to her home for they took a direct hit from Irma. Kay has a lot of rebuilding to do, but no loss of life or injuries thank goodness, for she was not in her home. I wish her well in the rebuilding of her own sense of peace on Marco Island.
Now hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico, causing a major humanitarian crisis on a much larger island. Somehow, this suffering seems worse, with being so far away from the mainland, these citizens of the United States have had to wait much longer for widespread help. As of today, only about 40 percent of Puerto Rico's people have drinking water, one week after the storm has passed. I certainly wish them their own peace of mind, once all the help they need has come and their rebuilding can begin.
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