Tuesday, September 11, 2018
To honor Patriot Day, celebrated each September 11, NOMMA highlights a metal fabricator for whom remembering became a crusade. He dedicated himself to creating a sculpture to serve as a lasting memorial and to show the resilience of the human spirit.
Amidst the ruins of what once were the 5th and 6th tallest buildings in the world were 200,000 tons of steel. Like many people, Jim Gallucci, a Greensboro, N.C., metal sculptor, wanted to help in some way. He decided to use his metalworking talents to create The Gates, a sculpture incorporating steel from the World Trade Center (WTC) in remembrance of those who perished.
To secure the steel, Gallucci and his team traveled to New Jersey, selected 16 tons of steel, and transported it back to his studio. The steel had a dull, cold gray appearance from the ash and debris. After cleaning, the burned sections of steel appeared rusty and the sections that crashed, and did not burn, still bore primer. Gallucci didn’t alter the shape or appearance of the WTC steel but preserved it with linseed oil. It remains as he found it, damaged and disfigured, but still intact, much like the human spirit. He galvanized the 60 tons of new steel used in the sculpture and dulled the finish to duplicate the look of the WTC steel.
The sculpture has two gates, one 23 ft. high and the other 52 ft., one for each tower. Gates symbolize passage-a physical, emotional, and spiritual movement from one space or consciousness to another. The sculpture incorporates elements that symbolize the Pennsylvania plane crash and the Pentagon attack. Learn more about Jim’s work