Battle Ground artist’s 9/11 sculpture unveiled

Piece will be displayed in county, Chehalis

By Tom Vogt, Columbian science, military & history reporter

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A bronze monument representing figures of 9/11, as well as artifacts from two of the buildings that were attacked 10 years ago, will be on display Friday in Battle Ground and Saturday morning in Vancouver.

Battle Ground artist Jim Demetro created the four-piece sculpture and picked it up at the foundry just in time for a series of events commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Still on the travel trailer that was bringing it from the foundry in Cascade Locks, Ore., the sculpture is scheduled to be on display Friday at two locations in Battle Ground.

From 4 to about 4:30 p.m., it will stop at the Clark County Fire & Rescue station at 505 S.W. First St. in Battle Ground; from 4:30-7 p.m., it will be in the parking lot of the Safeway at 904 W. Main St. in Battle Ground.

The sculpture will be on display Saturday at the Vancouver Farmers Market, from 9 to about 11 a.m. It will be set up near the Capt. George Vancouver sculpture — also Demetro’s work — at West Sixth and Esther streets.

The four bronze statues represent a firefighter, an airline pilot, a flight attendant and an office worker. All four people have their backs toward a representation of the Twin Towers in the middle.

In a fifth spot, there are nothing but footprints, representing a missing person. Visitors can stand in the empty spot and complete the circle.

The installation will include two remnants of buildings hit by hijacked jetliners. Demetro was able to get a one-ton piece of steel from the World Trade Center, as well as a piece of stone from the facade of the Pentagon.

“I want people to be able to see and touch them,” Demetro said.

At noon Saturday, Demetro will head to Chehalis with the monument. The sculpture will be on display Sunday during an observance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

The sculpture then will be installed at the Chehalis Veterans Memorial Museum, Demetro said.