WICHITA — After months of work, the 9/11 Memorial crafted by Bruce and Brent Bitter from Hoisington was revealed in Wichita on Wednesday.
Governor Sam Brownback was present for the event.
Incorporated into the Memorial is an I-beam from the World Trade Center.
The Transportation Security Administration, which was created after 9/11, acquired the I-beam. The I-beam weighs approximately 120 pounds per linear foot. The one-inch thick 11 by 20 inch I-beam was cut from item G-0143 used by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York as evidence.
After the TSA in Wichita acquired the piece, they searched for an artist who could use the I-beam as a part of a memorial.
They ran across the web site of B&B Metalarts in Hoisington and knew they had found the artist they were looking for. Bruce and Brent not only created the Memorial, they raised funds to pay for it.
The artwork is made of stainless steel of Bruces’ own design. The medallion for the Mid-Continent Memorial is 48 inches in diameter. Smaller pieces will be featured in the Great Bend, Dodge City, Hays, Liberal, Manhattan and Garden City Airports. Each one will have piece of the I-beam, which will be the central focus of the artwork. The smaller airports will have a smaller design, 24 inches in diameter.