Stairway to Heaven - CODAworx

Stairway to Heaven

Submitted by Charles Partin

Client: Gainesville Public Art Trust

Location: Gainesville, FL, United States

Completion date: 2014

Artwork budget: $18,000

Project Team

Public Art Agent

Russel Etling

Industry Resource

Bill Bishop

Bishop Brothers Masonry


Free standing 14' x 4' x 4' memorial to fallen firemen, located at Allachua County Emergency Services headquarters. Four figures get smaller as they climb ladders, still attached to earth by breathing tubes, yet looking upward as the false perspective of the ladders suggests and endless climb,


The obelisk shape establishes a center point for the campus of the Emergency Services headquarters. It's message is metaphorical but clear, and it remends all those on the campus of their fallen brothers. The visual repetition of ladder rungs provided the artistic interest on which to base the design


I worked with the fire chief and his staff to develop the theme. I worked on site with the mason throughout installation to ensure proper placement and appropriate mortar color.