Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Today in..News That Sickens Me: I-35W bridge memorial defaced days after dedication

via Star Tribune:
"Two days after it was dedicated and opened to the public, the I-35W Remembrance Garden along West River Road has been vandalized, with some two dozen stainless steel letters ripped from the memorial's granite face.

The letters were part of a message commemorating the lives lost in the Aug. 1, 2007, bridge collapse.
"That's absurd," said Mike Shovein of Eagan, who was on a bike ride with his wife, Mary, when they stopped by the memorial Wednesday morning. "Why would anyone do that?"

A contractor working on the memorial, which was paid for with private donations, said the remaining letters will be removed until new letters can be made.

Designed by Minneapolis landscape architect Tom Oslund, the project sits on a patch of river bluff parkland across the street from Gold Medal Park, about a quarter mile upstream from the new I-35W bridge.

The memorial includes a row of 13 vertical steel I-beams, each one engraved with the name of a victim and a personal tribute written by the victim's relatives. At night, the columns are illuminated in blue. The names of 171 survivors of the collapse are engraved on a stone wall, a sheet of water flowing over it.

It stretches 81 feet along the sidewalk and bike path alongside W. River Parkway -- the distance signifying the 8/1 date when the bridge collapsed into the river."

SERIOUSLY MN? Who would do this?? Beyond ridiculous.

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