Friday, September 11, 2009
The sculpture in this photo has an amazing story. Rescue workers laboring furiously around the clock for days to get into the rubble and try to find survivors rejoiced at finding a human form--even a lifeless one--only to find that it was actually a sculpture, not a human body. But exhausted and out of hope, even just finding a sculpture of a human was a positive sign and it provided them with a much needed spiritual boost--and amazingly, even a laugh. It also served as an impromptu memorial upon which rescue workers and families began hanging signs and leaving small offerings: American flags, teddy bears, bouquets of flowers and other mementos. The sculptor, hearing of how much the sculpture meant to the rescue teams, took the sculpture and had it re-bronzed to include the offerings people had left. The sculpture now sits on the promenade in Jersey City, New Jersey and in the background you can see the area where the World Trade Center once dominated the skyline. I photographed it on a bleak day just a few weeks ago and the gray pall seemed to match the mood of the memories. Please take a moment to send a link to this posting to your friends so that the hopeful spirit of this memorial will endure.