Contract for memorial near
BY RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer
Saturday, February 21, 2004
1/20/13 at 8:28 AM
A Denver artist will be paid
$1.2 million for two sculptures
for a Tulsa Race Riot memorial.
The state is close to completing a contract
for the two sculptures planned for a Tulsa
Race Riot memorial, the committee in
charge of the memorial was told Friday.
Denver artist Ed Dwight will be paid $1.2
million for the two pieces under terms negotiated by the state's Department of Central
Services, state Construction Administrator
David Brown said.
He said site preparation, including engineering services and landscaping, probably
will cost an additional $400,000.
Models of the two bronzes, a 20-foot
"Tower of Reconciliation" and an 18-foot circular "Memorial of Realization and Healing,"
were shown to the committee last summer.
The panel decided to commission the artworks even though funding is lacking for
the entire memorial and museum.
Immediate plans call for the committee to
develop a memorial garden on a 3-acre tract
between Denver and Elgin avenues just
south of Interstate 244.
Eventually, it intends to build a $20 million memorial and museum about the 1921
riot that left dozens of people dead and
"Memorial of Realization and Healing" is
intended for outside display.
"Tower of Reconciliation" is to be the central element of the museum, but Brown said
it is being built so that it can be installed
outside until the building is completed.
The committee is pursuing an association
with the National Park Service and funding
from city, state and private sources.
It has about $2 million cash on hand.
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Sculptor Ed Dwight readies models of his proposed sculptures for the Tulsa Race Riotmuseum and memorial in this June photo.