They Gave The Last Full Measure of Devotion

Submitted by Shahla Reynolds

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Client: Oklahoma City Fire Department

Location: Oklahoma City, OK, United States

Completion date: 2017

Artwork budget: $110,000

Project Team

Artist

Shahla Reynolds

Sonarta LLC

Industry Resource

Ross Craig and His Crew

Oklahoma City Building Management Services

Industry Resource

John, Matt and Cindy Free

Bronze Horse Foundry

Overview

The memorial honors the fallen firefighters of the Oklahoma City Fire Department. This bronze sculpture is setting on an oval base next to a granite monolith. There are two pedestals on each site of the memorial with the dedication plaques on top of them. The granite monolith was a piece of the Alfred P. Murrah building, which was where 168 people lost their lives in 1995. This monolith bears the names of fallen firefighters of the Oklahoma City Fire Department. The sculpture represents active firefighters paying their respects to those who sacrificed all in the service of their community.

Goals

The design used an existing monolith with the names of the fallen fighters engraved in the granite slab that was a part of the Murrah building. The figure in bronze is placed in front of the names and is reaching out to connect with the fallen firefighters. The setting is in front of the central fire station and has to blend with the overall building design of being half administration and half functioning fire station. The overall design fits the environment and uses suitable landscaping to complete the effect.

Process

The OKC Fire Department Fire Chief, Keith Bryant, asked Shahla to create a site-specific sculpture for the city's fallen firefighters. Once his committee approved the concept, Shahla worked closely with the Oklahoma City Building Management Office to develop the design for its site. After the construction of the site was complete, it had to be approved by The OKC Arts Commision and the Office of Public Works. While the site was being developed, Shahla started creating the life size firefighter out of clay. Once the piece was finished, the Bronze Horse Foundry of Pawhuska created the bronze scupture. At the final step, the entire project had to be approved by the Oklahoma City Mayor and Council members.