Experience the Art of Immortalizing Heroes with images of the panels and accompanying in-depth video discussions about what each piece means to the artist.
This Piece is dedicated to those we have lost and who continue to have a profound impact on our lives. It is inspired by my Mother's prayers, and the redemption we can all find. When you see this Piece in person, I believe you will understand its true intent.
The Crown of Thorns is made of three vines comprised of 16 strands of wire a piece; two vines with three strands of wire; and the Thorns are drywall screws. All the together, the piece consists of more than 4,000 Drywall Screws.
I plan for this Piece to be interactive, and offer viewers the opportunity to write the name of someone they have lost on a card and insert it into the frame.
I created my first 3D art piece, "Stand Together," in April 2018 after meeting a volunteer at the Veterans Memorial Museum. He encouraged me to follow through with my idea to create a flag out of screws that looked like it was waving in the wind.
"After the piece was completed, I decided on the name "Stand Together" because I wanted the artwork to symbolize how all branches of service stand together in unity to fight for freedom and the ideals that the flag represents. I then came up with the idea to put a mat around it that veterans could sign, and I have been collecting veterans signature at every venue where l display this piece ever since.
My top priority and initial challenge for [the] 9/11 piece was creating an image that would not open wounds or deepen the wounds already struggling to heal. I am very pleased with how the piece turned out. I feel I accomplished this and to top it all off I created this piece in my hotel room.
The dimensions, in my mind, needed to be big enough to grab the attention of the audience - the Twin Towers stand at 10 feet in height, the flag is nine feet in length and the entire piece is four feet wide by
12 feet in height. To date, this is my most ambitious project in terms of size.
Materials used in this work include: 30,000 drywall and trim screws, 2,978 blocks of wood, representing the lives lost in the Twin Towers, and gauges and parts from a decommissioned firetruck.
The Khaki Vessel is dedicated to ALL my Brothers and Sisters that wear a Khaki Shirt under our regular clothes. YOU ARE TRULY SUPER HEROES in disguise!
Invisibilia depicts homeless veterans and Operation Zero calls for an end to veterans' suicides.
In the process of creating the Art of Immortalizing Heroes, the War Memorial Project recruited nearly 2,000 participants, including veterans and their family members, active duty and reserve military and members of the community.
Marie Dolopo installs screws to honor her grandfather Tomas Dolopo, the first enlisted Filipino-American (1903).
Tom Rice finishing the installation of the First 101 screws to honor his fellow members of 101st Airborne who landed with him in Normandy on D-Day.
Chesty’s Military Outfitter embossing the dog tags for the Battlefield Cross.
Mike Jackson of welding the platform of the Corrugated Wall.
Selectee Class 129 posing in front of the Battlefield Cross
Special Needs Adults painting two-inch wooden gold stars for the Corrugated Wall.