What could be a more fitting tribute to Christina-Taylor Green, the youngest of the shooting victims in the tragic Tucson massacre last January, than a sculpture of an angel? And what could be a more fitting medium for the sculpture than steel artifacts from the World Trade Center, which fell the day young Christina-Taylor was born, September 11, 2001?
The New York Post reports that a five-and-one-half-foot-long fragment of an I-beam from one of the twin towers will be shipped to Arizona in time for April 1, when the 10-foot-high memorial statue is to be unveiled. The work, titled Freedom’s Steadfast Angel of Love, will also contain artifacts from the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon and the United Airlines Flight 93, which went down a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The steel from the twin towers was donated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the trade center site.
The Post quotes the sculptor of the planned work, Lei Hennessy-Owen, as stating:
We just wanted to do something to kind of help them heal, let them know that we’re going to try to support them through their grief.
Hennessy-Owen previously created angel sculptures at the three 9/11 crash sites and other locations across the country.
The statue will be installed at James D. Kriegh Park in Oro Valley, Arizona, where the slain child played Little League baseball. The dedication is planned to coincide with opening day ceremonies of the Canyon del Oro Little League. A Little League field in Tucson has already been renamed in her honor.
In a prepared statement in response to the proposed memorial, Christina-Taylor’s family is quoted as saying:
That this angel would be made from the remnants of the 9/11 attacks makes this tribute especially touching. Christina-Taylor wanted to be a symbol of hope for those touched by our nation’s great tragedy on 9/11, the day she was born.
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