Greensboro sculptor Jim Gallucci turned the mangled 9/11 metal into artwork | Native
The 10-foot piece was unveiled outside Station 1 of the Reidsville Fire Department on South Scales Street Saturday. It was dedicated to Rockingham County’s first responders.
Gallucci has moved a third, smaller piece of steel more than 1,100 miles, his donation to the City of Wylie, Texas.
The city showed it there during a Saturday ceremony.
In April, this core support piece, valued at £ 200, will be part of a sculpture outside a new fire station in Wylie.
Gallucci said he was glad the pieces found a home.
But outside of his studio, he still has 22,000-25,000 pounds of steel from the ruins of the World Trade Center.
He said he hoped to find a good home too.
“The last thing I want to do is cut it up and take it to the junkyard,” he said. “That would be a real shame considering these are some large sections that were part of the two buildings.”
The power of art
When Gallucci looks at the sculptures and the remaining steel in front of his studio, he thinks of September 11, 2001.
He and his crew were traveling through Sanford delivering sculptures when they stopped in a Biscuitville. They joined other customers who were staring at a television and watching the tragedy.