Building a Monument to First Responders

Castings from Kansas “are great!”

I just received an update from Erik on how things went at the Kansas foundry. He reports that things went great and he is very pleased with the quality of the castings. They are not usable unless they are a true representation of his vision for the sculpture.

Bronze castings of the tips of the spires.

Working with bronze is challenging and this is where Erik’s skill really shines. Bronze has been used since antiquity and is an alloy of mostly copper with tin added. It tends to be very hard and brittle. It is even harder than wrought iron. These qualities make it an excellent material for a monument of this type. Bronze sculptures using the same methods still survive after thousands of years.

At this phase of the project he will be piecing the castings together and welding them in place. This will take several days. It’s like a massive puzzle where the individual pieces don’t appear like much, but when fit together, magic happens.

While Erik is working hard on the monument, we are also working hard on planning the dedication. We hope you can attend Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 10:30 am. It will be at the Oak Lawn Metra Station. We hope to see you there!

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