HOISINGTON — The studio of Hoisington metal artists Bruce and Brent Bitter will be a busy place today when a representative from the Transportation Security Administration will be present to highlight the progress on the World Trade Center memorials that will be displayed at various Kansas airports.
The artwork will include an I-beam from the World Trade Center and will be a memorial of 9/11. The steel I-beam artifact from the World Trade Center, which was acquired by Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. The artifact will be integrated into an original artwork to be installed at Wichita for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in September. Smaller sculptures will be created for other Kansas airports, including Great Bend.
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.
Bruce was approached by the TSA to do the artwork . The design, created by Bruce, for Mid-Continent will be 48 inches in diameter and will have a stainless steel pedestal. The smaller airports will have a smaller design, 24 inches in diameter but also with a pedestal. When completed, the Wichita piece will weigh about 500 pounds, and the smaller pieces, 200-300 pounds.