Rise: Warehouse Arts District monument will honor 9/11 first responders, community heroes

Rendering of Rise St. Pete monument

Rise St. Pete could serve as one of the most significant installations to arrive in St. Petersburg, Florida. The stunning concept will feature one of the last pieces of World Trade Center steel to be recovered from ‘ground zero’ in New York City.

The beam was unearthed during site preparations for America’s Response Monument ‘Horse Soldier Statue’ at the National September 11th Memorial Museum in New York City and given to the owners of American Freedom Distillery, according to the Rise website.

As a phoenix rises from the ashes, RISE is all about rebirth. Looking forward as a community while honoring our past.

Rise is a gift from American Freedom Distillery, which will open up its massive facility later this year, and the Warehouse Arts District Association. It’s all made possible by local donations. Developers broke ground on Rise on Veteran’s Day 2018 and it should be completed in early 2020.

Donations are still being accepted as the monument nears completion. Your money helps cover the cost of the building materials that are bringing the Rise vision to life at 515 22nd Street South. The anticipated cost of Rise St Pete is estimated to be $1,000,000 for design, construction, project management, and a sustainment fund for the monument. This is only a rough estimate and the organizers believe they can save money through time and material donations.

Recent progress on the Phoenix Wing for the “Rise” Monument. Things are coming along very nicely.

Posted by Mga Sculpture Studio on Wednesday, August 21, 2019

MGA Sculpture provided a quick update on monument’s progress. A gorgeous phoenix wing has taken shape. St. Pete residents will be able to enjoy a sneak peek at the monument during the Second Saturday ArtWalk on September 14.


Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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