Stronger together was designed to fit in site with long and narrow parameters. The pose.achieved the purpose of flowing nicely with the site parameters while conveying the message I wanted to convey. The material is silicon bronze and stained concrete. Boston Ivy was planted along the brick wall behind the sculpture. It is an easy maintenance fast growing self clinging vine that exhibits beautiful red and gold fall colors and matches nicely with the colors of wall and concrete.
"Stronger Together" was created as a tribute to the selfless service of the men and women of the Los Angeles County fire Department. Currently women make up just 3.3% of the city’s 3,372 firefighters and another important goal of this sculpture is to inspire more women to join the team. I have depicted a pose in which an African American female is the lead hose handler and a Hispanic American male Captain has her back both literally and figuratively. The strength and character of each figure is evident as they work together to get the job done.
Fran Shields retired president of Whittier Community Foundation spearheaded this important project to honor the men and women of L.A.F.D. at a time when first responders were uppermost in the minds and hearts of the community. With the help of the W.C.F members and the generous donations in the form of money, time and services from local businesses and community members, this project became a reality.
Stronger Together reflects the core values of the Los Angeles County Fire Department: S.P.I.R.I.T.
#Service: Dedication to our community.
#Professionalism: Honoring the Fireﬁghter Oath.
#Integrity: Upholding moral and ethical conduct at all times.
#Respect: Embracing diversity and recognizing individual worth.
#Innovation: Taking creative risks to adapt and improve.
#Trust: Reliance on the integrity, strength and ability of our members
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