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June 20, 2014 at 12:03 PM

9/11 affected Washington residents, but the statue isn’t right

The sculpture’s bronze figures were photographed recently above Dry Falls State Park near Coulee City, Grant County. (Courtesy of Dave Lewis)

I have to take exception to the statement by state officials that John Jackson’s statue “Spirit of America” didn’t fit with the other Heritage Park’s memorial statues because “9/11 happened on the East Coast and didn’t take a large toll on the state of Washington.” [“9/11 sculpture can’t carve out a home in Kirkland,” Local News, June 15]

9/11 was much more than an attack on the World Trade Center or the Pentagon. It was an attack on the entire country, including every state from New York to Hawaii and every American citizen — even Washingtonians. It forever changed the way we, all of us, live our lives.

That being said, just because the art work is about 9/11 doesn’t necessarily mean it must be good art. Quite frankly, I wouldn’t want the John Jackson piece a permanent fixture of my neighborhood either. Jackson’s great technical skills are evident in this work, but aesthetically it falls short of what the subject matter deserves.

It feels contrived and forced. It’s four stiff people awkwardly connected and lacking any real emotion. It attempts to tell me what to think and feel without allowing me to develop my own thoughts. This just isn’t good art.

I wish Jackson luck in finding a home for his statue. I would just rather it not be here.

Gary Wallace, Kent

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