Sculptor's work reminds people to remember the "good" of 9/11

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

It may have happened thousands of miles away, but one artist wants local residents to remember the good that came out of the day of terror that was 9/11.

Eight years ago, the country was rattled with terror.

Planes hijacked then flown into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and one crashed into a Pennsylvania field.

It can be easy to remember the sadness, but on Wednesday local artist Dan Olson wants residents to remember the good, the help and the heroism. He's the creator of the newest Art On The Corner sculpture, "Remember."

It's a steel sculpture designed to remember that fateful day from eight years ago.

Olson says it was not created to bring back feelings of anger from that fateful day, but to never forget the firefighters, police, and the volunteers who banded together to save as many lives as they could.

Wednesday the piece was unveiled in front of dozens of people who will never forget 9/11.

The main portion of "Remember" shows the heroism of firefighters and volunteers trying to get survivors out of the World Trade Center.

Next to it are trees to symbolize Flight 93.

"It's something to remember from the 9/11 events," says Olson.

The installation isn't completely done, though.

Olsen is still waiting on an actual piece of the World Trade Center to be displayed, and a bench shaped like the Pentagon.

He is proud about how well his piece turned out, but is more proud of the heroes of that day because he says that is what defines this country, "When something bad happens we go help, that's what we do and we are good at it."

You can see the "Remember" display anytime next to the downtown Avalon Theater on the corner of 7th and Main Streets.


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