Workers successfully maneuvered the sculpture Tempered by Memory into position in High Rock Park, where it finally got vertical and on its base on Tuesday, July 24.
Photo by Julie Cushine-Rigg.
continued While the work of art is now in place, the site itself is still being worked on. Executive Director of Saratoga Arts Council Joel Reed said the area will have plantings and a retaining wall incorporated in the near future. The base of the sculpture will also be texturized to better go with the overall aesthetic of the area and the steel.
Ben Mirling of Saratoga Springs waited along with a crowd of about 50 onlookers for what was a slow retreat for the sculpture from High Rock Avenue into the park on Tuesday. Like everybody else, he remembers where he was on Sept. 11, 2001.
“I remember my son hollering to me while we were painting the house. He yelled, ‘Come watch this on television.’ We ended up with the two of us sitting pretty much the rest of the day just watching,” said Mirling.
He feels that the sculpture is a “symbol of hope and possibility” and added that Saratoga is a city where a lot of wonderful things have happened because of citizen involvement.
“I think it worked out well,” he said. “It’s a good location with parking and easy for people to get to.”
Andy Deborski of Lake George also made the trip to see the sculpture put into place. His brother Bill Deborski, a retired ironworker,assisted with the project and was at work Tuesday to help install the monument.
“It finally got a home,” said Andy Deborski as he looked on with pride while his brother was helping to maneuver the enormous work of art.
Gail Kellerher of Wilton came to see the sculpture so she could honor a colleague who was in his mid 20s when he was killed on 9/11.
She was visiting Manhattan for a conference a week before the attacks and remembers sitting between the towers and thinking it was a great time to be visiting New York.
“Everybody has a story,” she said. She added that she visits the park often and will be back again soon.
A formal dedication date has yet to be announced, but officialsexpect a ceremony to take place in September.