Utah sculptor memorializes hope in 9/11 tribute

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  • George Bronx, NY
    Sept. 8, 2011 1:59 p.m.

    While I do not see anywhere in the article any mention of this sculpture ever being offered to the city of NY I agree that NY loss is Utah's' gain, which is alright since this really was a international tragedy that touched many communities including Utah. You are lucky to have such a talented artist amongst you I hope he will get the respect he deserves.

  • Riles Midway, UT
    Sept. 8, 2011 9:46 a.m.

    I remember going to Stan's foundry about 8 or 9 years ago to see his plans for this memorial. Originally I thought it was supposed to go outside the National Firefighters Museum. Anyhow, it's amazing to me the vision this great artist has. He used to tell me that when he gets inspired to do a piece, he doesn't worry about roadblocks. He just starts working and praying that a way will be opened up for the piece to find a home and a sponsor, and so often it happens exactly like that. I'm confident that 50 years from now, we will look back on Stan Watts as a Utah treasure, one of the great artists the state has produced.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 8, 2011 9:30 a.m.

    911 was the greatest economic event to happen to America since WWII.

    Never mind the thousands of Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Afghanistan people killed in their own countries. And the other lives lost or destroyed in America by the military service and the opium they promoted. We made trillions in profits in business, and the effect is still going strong.

    I expect that when the Tea Party completes their take over of the American government, they will probably build a monument to Osama Bin Laudin.

  • Poppa Alan Fruit Heights, UT
    Sept. 8, 2011 8:35 a.m.

    to AmPatriot... Wow! Do you go around with your head in the sand? The healing fields is for all the people who died on 9/11. Who else do you think the over 3000 flags are for?
    The initial numbers are indelible: 8:46 a.m. and 9:02 a.m. Time the burning towers stood: 56 minutes and 102 minutes. Time they took to fall: 12 seconds. From there, they ripple out.

    Total number killed in attacks (official figure as of 9/5/02): 2,819
    Number of firefighters and paramedics killed: 343
    Number of NYPD officers: 23
    Number of Port Authority police officers: 37
    Number of WTC companies that lost people: 60
    Number of employees who died in Tower One: 1,402
    Number of employees who died in Tower Two: 614
    Number of employees lost at Cantor Fitzgerald: 658
    These numbers don't count those who died at the Pentagon or from United Flight 93. The Flags are for all those that died. This is not a 'money making event'. I'm ashamed for you.

  • AmPatriot Kearns, UT
    Sept. 8, 2011 4:46 a.m.

    Not trying to degrade the sculptures talents, but this whole 9/11 celebration and tribute is going the wrong direction. What about the other 3,500 lives lost and trapped in these building? There is too much concentration and tribute going to police and firemen when it was those who were trapped that didn't have a chance.

    No one is remembering them. And as an american, I feel ashamed at how this whole event is now being portrayed as a NY civil servant catastrophe while it has been a national tragedy. We can't even hold our heads up and say the thousands have been avenged becasue after 10 years we are still fighting the same battle. The only thing that has been a success is the resurrection of a new building which does not deserve world wide fan fare.

    Even this tragedy has been turned in to profit motivated money making event. It's like selling tickets to the families and public when our soldiers come home from a war.

    Sept. 7, 2011 10:52 p.m.

    Since NY couldn't get it together to have this monument, thank heavens we have great artists like Stan watts. Thanks to him and all his hard work and his inspiration we will have a reminder that NY doesn't have. Thanks also to the owner of Colonial Flags for encouraging and helping with this project. And also thanks for the wonderful Healing Fields. You just can't get a handle on the number of people who were killed that day until you see all the flags.
    Thank you