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Parkland graduate plans sculpture tribute to shooting victims
Seventeen people were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida February 14, 2018. Zachary Knudson, who graduated from the school in 2005, has designed a sculpture in tribute to the victims, reports CNN. The glass artist’s plans include the names of the 17 victims of the shooting.
On his Facebook page, Knudson said: "I wanted to share this with everyone as many of you might know i graduated from msd in 2005 and have lived in west coral springs for 31 years this tragedy happened blocks from my house and affected many people i have known for many years ..needless to say i am heartbroken. i designed a memorial sculpture as a tribute to the 17 lives lost at Stoneman Douglas it stands 15' tall and is constructed from metal and impact glass with a colored laminate that will cast colored shadows all around the concrete base during the day and will illuminate at night highlighting all of the names… The shape of the structure and broken lines signify shattered glass like our shattered hearts…
"The sunlight passing through the colored glass and etched names will cast colorful shadows in all directions a reminder that from darkness comes a glimmer of hope and light.. i would like to give this piece of my heart and soul to the families affected by this event. i have many local suppliers and fabricators ready to donate time and resources to make this happen i want to be clear we don't need money only a place to put the sculpture."
Knudson added that Parkland's mayor and vice mayor knew about the plans for the sculpture and look forward to its installation. "As long as it's centralized and accessible to everyone, we're happy with wherever it goes," he added, according to the CNN report.
’March for our Lives’ rallies will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 in Washington, D.C. and around the United States demand changes in gun laws. A static rally will also be held outside the US Embassy in London at 12 noon on March 24.