Friday, September 11, 2009 , Updated 12:00 a.m., September 8, 2011
UPDATED: Photo gallery: Construction of “The Gates” 9/11 sculpture in Oak Cliff
"The Gates" is an all-metal sculpture that includes actual steel beams from the World Trade Center.
To commemorate the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a 10,000 pound, 23-foot tall sculpture called "The Gates" has been put up in front of the Bank Tower at Oak Cliff in Dallas (at the corner of Zang Blvd. and 12th Street). The sculpture, by Greensboro, N.C. artist Jim Gallucci, was erected on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 10. A ceremony, which will include the raising of two yellow ribbons, will be held on the morning of September 11.
"The Gates" is an all-metal sculpture that includes actual steel beams from the World Trade Center. According to Ralph Isenberg, owner/manager of the Bank Tower at Oak Cliff, the piece will be located there "semi-permanently." Isenberg would like to bring in a sister sculpture that measures 53 feet high and would take up one city block. Plans to raise the $1.5 million needed will be initiated soon, with the hopes of installing it by the Trinity River in time for the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Eventually, Isenberg would like both pieces to be located in a Dallas park.
UPDATE: As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, "The Gates" remain in front of the Bank Tower at Oak Cliff. Isenberg says that the plan is still to move the sculpture at some point, but the money needed to do so has not been raised.
However, Isenberg is still heavily involved in memorializing 9/11. While the companion sculpture to "The Gates" is still being constructed, Isenberg has put many 9/11-themed pieces of art in the lobby of the building. He's planning several events this week leading up the anniversary. Starting Thursday night, two beams of light representing the Twin Towers will be lit, culminating on Saturday with the projection of the names of all of the victims from the World Trade Center.
Isenberg is also planning a community art project, which will feature two cargo containers standing on end in the parking lot of the building. Starting on Friday, the public is invited to leave messages or draw pictures on the side of the containers or on the parking lot surface. Isenberg says he hopes the project will capture the imagination of the public, as "art is a great way of healing wounds" and to serve as a reminder of that tragic day.
Speaking of beams from the World Trade Center, no fewer than five other local cities will have beams on display for the anniversary, including ones at the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History, in Mesquite, Euless, Watauga, and McKinney.
Below are a series of pictures showing most of the installation of "The Gates."
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