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Sculptor Jon Krawczyk '92 helps a church near Ground Zero honor 9/11 victims

08/17/2011

 The cross on its trek across the U.S.; the photo is from a Facebook page about the trip.

The cross on its trek across the U.S.; the photo is from a Facebook page about the trip.

A 9/11 memorial cross fabricated by sculptor Jon Krawczyk '92 was installed Aug. 11 at St. Peter's Church near Ground Zero.

His 14-foot sculpture replaced the famous cross formed by metal in the wreckage of the World Trade Center after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. That cross had been moved to St. Peter's for safekeeping, but was recently relocated to the Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum.

Krawczyk, known for his imposing sculpture of a New Jersey Devils hockey player at the Prudential Center in Newark, was commissioned to create a new cross.

He personally transported the sculpture across the United States from his studio in Los Angeles and delivered it to St. Peter's.

The sculpture incorporates bits of steel from the twin towers and is hollow. During Krawczyk's trek he encouraged people to put messages and mementoes in it.

"This thing is filled with hope," he said at the dedication. "It's about people and the goodness, the sacrifice which makes love." Read coverage by "Capital."

Krawczyk's blog chronicles the fabrication of the cross and his cross-country journey.

Find the cross on Facebook.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Matt Engelhardt (860) 439-2505, mengelha@conncoll.edu
Deborah MacDonnell (860) 439-2504, dmacdonn@conncoll.edu



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