Steel beam from 9/11 becomes commemorative art

September 13, 2012 by  

City officials unveiled a commemorative art display in Miami to recognize the 11th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center.

One of the steel beams from ground zero, burnt and twisted into an unrecognizable ribbon shape, has become the central focus of a landscape installation that includes a garden. The commemorative artwork is appropriately located outside Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Station 3.

The twisted steel beam represents the unwavering strength of the men and women who courageously did whatever they could that day to recover from the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. The police officers, firefighters, and everyday citizens who bravely ventured into the burning towers and the jagged rubble of the fallen buildings to search for survivors are reflected in the artwork. Michael Opalka, a retired chief of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, told the crowd that the steel beam was anointed with the heroes’ blood.

The steel beam artwork will no doubt become photographed again and again, and will likely become part of poster printing that aims to represent the tragic death of 2,977 victims and the triumph of the country’s ability to recover from such a horror.

Many onlookers, such as Joe Torres, whose sister was killed in the attack, expressed that the loss is just as great today as it was eleven years ago – a sentiment with which many Americans can no doubt identify. The steel beam artwork will become a sacred place in Miami for everyone affected by the terrorist attack.

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