Twin Towers Forever Preserved in R-Cast® Acrylic Memorial by Reynolds Polymer Technology, Inc.

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Colorado citizens gathered for the lighting of a 9/11 sculpture manufactured by RPT. The REMEMBER sculpture features acrylic replicas of the World Trade Center towers and steel from Ground Zero.

The Remember memorial, shown here during its illumination on September 12th, is constructed of two 11" thick blocks of R-Cast® acrylic. The base was fabricated from stainless steel.

The Pentagon provided an actual piece of steel beam from the World Trade Center, weighing over 200 pounds, which serves as the centerpiece of the statue.

Despite the threat of rain, a large crowd gathered outside of Grand Junction Fire Station 1 in hopes of witnessing something unseen for the last twelve years – the World Trade Center glowing with light against the evening sky. That is exactly what happened in the form of REMEMBER, an over eight foot tall, internally lighted memorial that now belongs to the citizens of Grand Junction, Colorado. Designed by local artist Pat Olson, REMEMBER honors the victims of the 9/11 attacks and serves as a kindled reminder to those who still live.

REMEMBER is constructed of two transparent, 11” thick blocks of R-Cast® that were carefully crafted with details of the Twin Towers, right down to the arches above the lower floor windows and the spire atop the North Tower. The memorial’s lighting was, quite appropriately, designed by local firefighters and harmonizes perfectly with the reflective properties of R-Cast®, providing for the towers to shine with striking brilliance.

The most remarkable feature of the September 11 luminary is perhaps the iron object that is suspended between the acrylic towers. The Pentagon provided an actual piece of steel beam from the World Trade Center, weighing over 200 pounds, which serves as the centerpiece of the statue. The raw shape of the steel, obviously cut to size with a powerful torch, is a stark reminder of the effort that was undertaken to clean up Ground Zero.

For Reynolds Polymer Technology, the project was a chance to contribute to a worthy cause and to showcase the versatility and strength of their R-Cast® acrylic. “RPT was originally approached to make an acrylic pedestal for the section of high beam from the World Trade Center,” explained Josh Fritz, Regional Account Manager for RPT. “After reviewing the project, we told them that we could offer a lot more than simply that. It was then that we were given the opportunity to contribute to the new design and the fabrication of the Twin Towers – something we worked very hard on and enjoyed doing.”

In addition to Pat Olson and Reynolds Polymer, several other local parties contributed to the construction of REMEMBER, including Intrawest Machine and Fabrication and Mesa Crate. To view a slideshow of the memorial’s fabrication, visit http://www.reynoldspolymer.com/page.cfm?pageid=Acrylic-Design-Fabrication.

About Reynolds Polymer Technology, Inc.
During its 30 years in business, Reynolds Polymer Technology, Inc. has completed more than 1,600 projects in 53 countries, including the AquaDom in Berlin, Shark Reef in Las Vegas, and many other custom works. RPT is the manufacturer, fabricator, designer, and installer of R-Cast® acrylic. The company is constantly raising the standard for what can be done with acrylic resins, and their products have been used extensively in the architectural, signage, aquarium, water-retaining, and scientific industries. Headquartered in Grand Junction, Colorado, Reynolds Polymer Technology also has operations in Rayong, Thailand. Visit http://www.reynoldspolymer.com for more information. Proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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