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'Remembrance' dedication to feature 9-11 artifact, sculpture
'Remembrance' dedication to feature 9-11 artifact, sculpture

SUWANEE, Ga. -- The City of Suwanee will hold a brief dedication ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 11, for an artistic display created to memorialize 9-11-2001.

The display, created by Statesboro artist Marc Moulton, features a damaged, twisted relic from one of the World Trade Center towers, which was given to Suwanee a couple of years ago by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Since unveiling the artifact two years ago, the City has worked to determine a permanent location and create an appropriate display for the artifact, which was part of an exterior steel panel from floors 101-104 of one of the twin towers. Late last year, Suwanee’s Public Arts Commission solicited proposals and ultimately contracted with Moulton to create the permanent display, which is being installed at Town Center Park in a raised area near the brick outer wall along Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.

In addition to the 1,628-pound World Trade Center artifact, which stands to the side, the Remembrance display will include a 9-11 historical timeline with stainless steel letters and numbers embedded into a cement pad. An inverted conical sculpture, with the lower Manhattan cityscape cut into it, will stand in the middle of the pad. At night, a light-shadow impression, which offers an aerial view of the cityscape, will be projected onto the pad.

A sculpture professor at Georgia Southern University, Moulton has created public art projects for more than 20 years, but Remembrance is the first with such historical significance.

“I’ve never done anything quite like this,” Moulton says. “I hope that it will provide a sense of respect and remembrance for the world-altering events it marks. And for those who weren’t born yet, I hope the display offers a little bit of the history of 9-11.”

The dedication ceremony, which will include a performance by the North Gwinnett High School Advanced Chamber Orchestra, is free and open to the public. It will take place at the Remembrance display site at Town Center Park.

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