Dear Kirkland Friends and Neighbors,
Please take a few moments to answer the questions on the survey, mentioned in the city email below.
Please also request that others participate in the survey and support this wonderful opportunity for Kirkland. A majority of positive responses will tell our City Council that we are a community that welcomes the opportunity to be home and steward to a one-of-a-kind Spirit of America 9/11 Memorial BronzeSculpture (pictures attached), commissioned by the Spirit of America Foundation (Washington State) and created by Washington State artist Mr. Jim Demetro (http://www.jimdemetro.com/).
The Spirit of America Foundation (http://spiritofamericafoundation.com/?page_id=24 )has spent the last few years, touring Washington State to raise the funds to pay for this special sculpture and to look for the right city to be its home. They have also acquired artifacts from the World Trade Center and the Pentagon to support the bronze memorial, which were shipped to Washington State from NYC andWashington D.C. The Foundation has paid approximately $29,000 of the $36,000 cost, which leaves the successful recipient city, to pay for the balance of $6,000 and the cost to install (approximately $13,500).
Please take a moment to vote (this is the link: survey is directly posted). We haveuntil June 6th to count your votes. It’s a piece of history we have the opportunity to procure for Kirkland, for our families and the folks who love to visit our city. Soon it will be 2 decades sinceSeptember 11.th It’s a historic event our children and our children’s children will read about. It’s an uplifting and inspirational piece for all to reflect upon and appreciate. It is especially appropriate for Kirkland to acquire this art as it is consistent with sculptures throughout the city. The Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission has approved of the Sculpture and the Parks Board has approved of a perfect site at Juanita Beach Park (photo attached). How lucky we are to have this opportunity. I hope you, the citizens, will also valueacquisition of the Spirit of AmericaSculpture and encourage your contacts to do the same.
Thank you for making a difference in Kirkland.
The following is a press release from the City of Kirkland:
The Spirit of America Foundation seeks a permanent home
for its “9/11 memorial sculpture. Kirkland seeks public feedback on possible purchase through online survey.
Kirkland City Council seeks input through online survey on purchase of public art commemorating events of September 11, 2001
Online survey available throughJune 6, 2014
The Kirkland City Council is seeking public input on the purchase of a bronze sculpture commemorating September 11, 2001 (“9/11”). The sculpture, entitled Spirit of America Memorial, commemorates the events with four life-size figures representing heroes encircling remnants of the Pentagon and World Trade Center. At its meeting on May 20, 2014 the City Council received a recommendation of support from the Cultural Arts Commission for the purchase of a bronze sculpture commemorating 9/11, and the recommendation of the City’s Park Board that it be sited at the west-side entrance of Juanita Beach Park. The Council authorized staff to apply for the sculpture and approved funding, but also asked staff to conduct public outreach with Kirkland residents. Background information and a link to the four-question survey are posted to www.kirklandwa.gov/CAC, select “Spirit of America 9/11 Memorial.” The survey is directly posted to the Kirkland Ideas Forum website atwww.ideasforum.kirklandwa.gov. The survey will close on Friday, June 6, 2014.
The Spirit of America Foundation is accepting proposals from cities to have the memorial permanently placed. The cost to acquire the Spirit of America Memorial statue is approximately $9,800. The Spirit of America Foundation would contribute about $3,600 toward the purchase. The City’s cost to purchase and install it is estimated at $13,500.