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From the Wreckage, An Inspiring Tribute is Wrought

After a four-year national tour, a sculpture by renowned artist Jim Gallucci commemorating the 9-11 attack on America is being placed on exhibit at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville.

“The Gates,” comprised of two massive steel sculptures fashioned from 16 tons of steel removed from the site of the World Trade Center attack, has been on public display in cities across the United States since it was unveiled in 2002, on the first anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. Of the project’s two pieces – a 50-foot and a 21-foot sculpture – it is the 21-foot piece being placed on the grounds of the ASOM. The sculpture is scheduled to be at the museum for one year. The ASOM is near completion of its first major expansion since opening in 2000.

Museum Director Dr. John Duvall says, “This is a significant, thought-provoking and emotionally powerful work of art. We are deeply grateful for the opportunity to share with our community this moving expression of our shared national experience.”

An observance is being planned at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum on the 5th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, which began America’s Global War on Terrorism. At the time this magazine went to press, the time of the ceremony and other details were not known. Call the Airborne & Special Operations Museum at 483-3003 to inquire.

Jim Gallucci is a graduate of LeMoyne College and Syracuse University and has been sculpting for more than a quarter century. He has been an art instructor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of Alabama at Huntsville.