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Memorial for 9/11 – John Van Alstine

Posted on January 15, 2017


Memorial for 9/11
Memorial for 9/11
Image courtesy of Mark Flatch

Memorial for 9/11
Indiana Limestone and Painted Steel
Location: Lincoln Park Civic Commons

Artist John Van Alstine create the piece “Memorial for 9/11” with a gathering and sitting space for the community. The 26,600 pound sculpture is also a solar calendar, allowing the solar noon sun to line up with the stylus on the monument each year on September 11. The sculpture is located on the northwest corner of Lincoln Park and Ackerman Boulevard in Kettering. The dedication of this piece was held on September 11, 2003, and includes a paved plaza surrounding the sculpture. Named the Seitz Plaza, this space was donated by the Seitz family through the Kettering Community Foundation.

John Van Alstine is a professional sculptor living in Wells, New York. He received a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, in 1976 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, in 1974. He has received numerous awards, fellowship grants and honors for his work from private and public sources as well as internationally. His work is among public and private collections throughout the U.S. and abroad. His book has been published illustrating the sculpture and progress over the years entitled Bones of the Earth, Spirit of the Land written by Nick Capasso. His work has been displayed in solo exhibitions, both domestically and in international galleries since 1976.

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