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Mohonasen Sept. 11 sculpture dedicated

Along with his three students, Turin worked through the summer to complete the sculpture. The project was his way of leaving something behind for the school where he taught for 30 years.

"Today is a day of thanks," Turin said. "It has been a privilege for me to be a teacher and an educator for over 35 years."

Throughout the process the artists ran into many hardships, which had to be overcome before the projects completion.

Ceci said they at first wanted to build the sculpture to a point to make it look taller, but it didn't work. They also didn't realize how much grunt work would go into digging a large hole, pouring cement and raising eight walls.

While the community and the school district were in full support of this project and Turin received glass donations form various companies including City Glass, Best Tile, Niskayuna Glass, and Precision Glass and Aluminum, he still had to dip into his personal accounts to keep the project moving along smoothly.

Turin also received financial support form the Grand View Concrete Corporation, Larned and Sons, Inc. and the Mohonasen Teachers Association.

Turin especially thanked his three helpers, Ceci, Jasenski and Tommasone, who he said taught him more than he taught them.

"I am so grateful for what these three men taught me," Turin said. "I encourage all the students to come out and see their work."

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