Renderings revealed for Rise St. Pete, a moving 9/11 monument

The city of St. Pete continues to grow as destination for the arts. Two new major installations in the Warehouse Arts District and the new St. Pete Pier are a feast for the eyes and the soul.

Rise St. Pete is a monument in honor of the living and fallen heroes of 9/11. American Freedom Distillery donated steel beams from Ground Zero for the project.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held toward the end of 2018 and the official unveiling will be held on 9/11/19.

The latest rendering for the project paints a fuller picture of what residents can expect. Mark Aeling’s design will feature an interactive fountain that will surround the iron, and it will be guarded by a dramatic wing made from copper that was recovered during the recent renovation of the Statue of Liberty.

Surrounding the 20′ by 40′ memorial will be a blue tile arch, and four trees – symbolic of the Callery Pear Tree that endured the attacks on the World Trade Center and became known as “The Survivor Tree.” It will be the cornerstone of the Warehouse Arts District.

Want to help with the progress? Rise St. Pete, which is slated to be a $1,000,000 project, is seeking donations. Can’t donate money? Rise St. Pete is also seeking donations of time and materials to put this monument together. Get in touch with the organizers here to see how you can help.

Once complete, the monument will be located at 515 22nd Street South.


Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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