Story Number: NNS150814-08Release Date: 8/14/2015 10:58:00 AM
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael J. Lieberknecht, Navy Public Affairs Support Element East
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (NNS) -- A sculpture honoring the service members killed last month is set to be unearthed on Sept. 1 at Sculpture Fields in Montague Park.
The sculpture, currently being formed in an underground mold, will represent the four Marines and one Sailor who were killed in Navy Operational Support Center Chattanooga shooting on July 16.
"I think we need to come together to honor their lives and do something significant," said Peter Lundberg, professional sculptor from Middlebury, Vermont.
Lundberg and his team have been working on the project all day and into the night for about a week. Today Lundberg was walking on top of the mound of soil under which the statue currently rests. He was treating the concrete, which was poured Tuesday, with a hose, spraying water strategically around the site. A ceremony will be held 9 a.m. Sept. 1 to unearth the statue and stand it upright.
Lundberg said the abstract sculpture, a hand reaching toward the sky, will be about 60 feet tall. Visitors to the park will be able to walk through and stand inside the sculpture..
"I want it to be somewhat open to interpretation," said Lundberg. "This is a national tragedy and we're all connected to this in a real way."
The working title for the sculpture is "Five Anchors Strong" and Lundberg has placed five anchors within the concrete. He says he's not sure if they will be completely visible after completion of the project, but observers should be able to see portions of them.
Sculpture Fields at Montague Park has several completed sculptures scattered around the vast open field but Lundberg's memorial to the fallen will easily stand out among the others.
"Its got some of the Chattanooga earth in the design, and will be pulled out to reach toward the sky," said Lundberg.