Building a Monument to First Responders

WTC Beams – More than steel


The larger steel beams released to the Village of Oak Lawn are a deeply moving snapshot in time. The damage from heat and blunt forces left marks along every surface. The steel tells a story that is unmistakable.

The beams are more than steel, however. There are remnants of concrete attached in chunks across the scarred surfaces. This concrete is shattered, cracked, discolored and every bit as historic and meaningful as the steel that supports it.

The next few posts will describe how your Monumental Team has made efforts to stabilize these concrete remnants so that they will be visible for generations. It is quite a story to tell.

For today, with this post, I am featuring the concrete itself. It was the first time that I was able to be this close to the larger beams and it was extremely moving. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

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Check back soon for the rest of the story about the concrete.

2 responses

  1. Chic

    Doc,

    Keep up the great work covering this project. I too am moved every time I am near these pieces of both history and “hallowed ground.”

    December 11, 2011 at 9:07 pm

  2. Thanks Chic! So much of this would not be happening without your tireless efforts and enthusiasm behind the scenes. Public Works is incredible! I agree that they do inspire a deep reverence that is unique and very special. I can hardly wait to see them standing! It won’t be long!

    December 12, 2011 at 12:58 am

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