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Submitted by Shahla Reynolds

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Client: City of Webber Falls

Location: Webber Falls, OK, United States

Completion date: 2003

Artwork budget: $180,000

Project Team

Artist

Shahla Reynolds

Sonarta

Industry Resource

Ron White

White Engineering

Industry Resource

Manhattan Construction Company

Client

Oklahoma Dept. Transportation

Client

FEMA

Overview

On May 26th 2002 the I-40 Bridge in Oklahoma was hit by a barge. 14 people lost their lives, including a 3-year-old child. Shahla worked with The City of Webbers Falls, The Oklahoma Department of Transportation, FEMA, Army Core of Engineers, Cherokee Nation and 2 Civil Engineering Firms on this project. A 14 sided black granite pedestal was engraved with the names of the victims; an actual bridge girder was used to create a broken bridge to hold the bronze sculpture with a dove. The 5 columns represent the 5 survivors of the incident.

Goals

The focal point of this project is a steel beam from the bridge girder that collapsed with a sculpture on top of it. The repair and rebuilding of the bridge was coincidental with the memorial project. This was important for both projects to be completed quickly, the bridge needed completion for transportation and the memorial need completion help the victims families find closure.

Process

During this project the artist had to work with several state and federal agencies in addition to private contractors and suppliers. The artist designed the site plans and worked with an engineer to complete the project.

Additional Information

The memorial was dedicated by Governor Brad Henry and Chief Justice Watts on the one year anniversary of the incident.