Survey shows lack of support for Kirkland purchase of 9/11 sculpture

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Kirkland residents overwhelming rejected the proposed 9/11 memorial sculpture in a city survey.

Although the City Council is set to receive the survey results at their June 17 meeting, the city has already sent out a press release stating that the survey showed "a lack of support" for not only purchasing the sculpture but buying any public art commemorating 9/11.

When asked if they supported the city's purchase of the Spirit of American 9/11 Memorial Sculpture, approximately 83 percent of respondents in the survey voted no. When asked if they supported the city commissioning or purchasing public art commemorating 9/11, 79 percent voted no, and 74 percent voted no when asked if they supported a memorial in Kirkland commemorating 9/11.

The nonscientific survey had 640 respondents, according to the city.

During its May 22 meeting, the Council voted unanimously to approve a bid for the Spirit of America 9/11 Memorial Sculpture, which would have cost roughly $13,500 to acquire the sculpture and have it installed.

The Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission first considered the idea in April after being informed by a resident, and they eventually recommended it to the Parks Board. Several members of the KCAC, however, questioned whether Kirkland was the appropriate location for the sculpture, as the 9/11 attacks occurred in New York. During its May 14 meeting, the Parks Board voted unanimously to recommend it to the City Council.

The idea to purchase the sculpture was originally proposed to the arts commission by Kirkland resident Maureen Baskin, who has since withdrawn her proposal.

The sculpture was created using debris from the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It has four people, a firefighter, a soldier, a female office worker and a flight attendant holding hands around a piece of steel taken from the 60th floor of the World Trade Center and a piece of limestone from the fifth floor of the Pentagon.

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