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Artifact from WTC to be Used as Part of Sculpture

March 2, 2015 | Michael Barasch

In the past several years, individuals and groups have made strides in building museums, monuments and otherwise commemorating those lost in the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001. While these efforts cannot undo the harm caused on 9/11, they do offer individuals a way of honoring the dead and remembering the lessons of the attacks. The latest tribute comes from a master sculptor, Jim Havens, of the Toledo Sculpture Guild.

Havens recently unveiled plans to build a massive sculpture that will incorporate an artifact from the World Trade Center site. It is a 36-foot-long and 7,000 pound antenna that is 55 inches in diameter. It will be included in the sculpture that will be placed in Gibsonburg, Ohio’s Williams Park as part of a police and fire memorial.

The plans are the result of nearly a year of efforts by many local government officials and police and fire safety officers. They worked closely with the New York and New Jersey Port Authority to secure an artifact from the site. This past January, they finally received word that they could have the TV antenna from the North Tower of the World Trade Center. This is one of the last artifacts that will be released from the group in charge of the artifacts, as it will soon be closing. The group will soon be traveling to New Jersey where they will pick up the artifact and transport it back to its new Ohio home.

The sculpture will be one of several in the park, but is likely to be the most popular and revered. City officials and Havens hope to have the sculpture completed in time for the 15th anniversary of the deadly attacks, on September 11, 2016. 

As we move forward in honoring and commemorating those killed in the 9/11 attacks, some still suffer serious health problems as a result of their exposure to the toxic WTC dust.   These individuals might be entitled to compensation from the Victim Compensation Fund.  To learn more about your legal rights, contact the skilled injury attorneys at Barasch, McGarry Salzman & Penson in New York.


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