Kathleen Caricof's design was selected by the City of San Luis Obispo for their 9/11 Memorial.
A 10-foot steel I-beam from the World Trade Center will become a central piece of a public art project at San Luis Obispo’s main fire station. The beam, recovered from the mangled rubble left when the twin towers fell, will be transformed from a symbol of devastation into a work of art honoring the fallen.
“Standing Tall,” pays tribute to the 403 emergency workers who died while helping others try to escape the World Trade Center towers before they fell. Tall metal posts — 343 firefighters represented by reddish/rusted steel and 60 police officers represented by blue anodized aluminum — will be embedded in an arc around the circular plaza. All 403 posts will be embedded in two concrete bases that follow the arc of the circular plaza. These bases will be low allowing the sculptural posts to be the main visual impact. The different colored posts will be randomly interspersed with each other, adding greater visual interest while referring to the fact that regardless of what hat the first responders wore, they died together.
The I-beam is prominently displayed at the center of the plaza, with a single large redwood bench positioned in front of the I-beam, where the viewer can sit and contemplate.
JK Designs’ Principal, John Kinkade, founded the National Sculptors’ Guild in 1992 with a handful of sculptors who wished to find thoughtful public applications for their work. Representation has since grown to over 20 contracted sculptors and painters; plus an extended network of 200+ artists that our design team works with on a regular basis to meet each project's unique needs.