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World Trade Center debris to be used in 9/11 memorial in Laguna Beach

Photo: The twin towers at the World Trade Center before they collapsed. Credit: Marty Lederhandler / Associated Press Laguna Beach will soon have a unique 9/11 memorial.

The City Council this week approved the installation in Heisler Park of a sculpture incorporating two metal beams salvaged from World Trade Center debris, the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot reported.

"Semper Mement," by Jorg Dubin, also references the two other sites inextricably linked to the twin towers: the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania field where Flight 93 crashed.

"Having the beams in my studio, it was hard to imagine where they were 10 years ago," Dubin said. "I wanted people to be able to experience that."

Dubin arranged the beams the way they might have been found — angled upright in support of each another. They will be mounted on five-sided base, and a stainless-steel sphere and lighting will be in a 30-inch planter at the center of the base.

"The pentagon-shaped base is kind of obvious," Dubin said. "The planter represents the field in Pennsylvania. The polished ball represents the world — a reminder that 9/11 touched everyone."

The beams are 8 feet tall and will remain in the post-9/11 state of corrosion, with chunks of concrete still attached.

"His was the unanimous choice of the commission," said Mayor Pro Tem Jane Egly, council liaison to the Arts Commission. "Another artist said he would have chosen it."

In his written artist statement to the commission, Dubin said, "This not a Jorg Dubin sculpture; rather, it pays homage to the memory of an event. A place for individual reflection, quietly understated, yet powerful in its symbolism and juxtaposition of materials."

In all, 10 entries were submitted. Four made the final cut.

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-- Barbara Diamond, Times Community News

Photo: The twin towers at the World Trade Center before they collapsed. Credit: Marty Lederhandler / Associated Press

 
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