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Life is a series of transitions. Grow, change, adapt-sometimes the circumstances around us change abruptly, as when a tragedy unfolds on a sunny July afternoon. Suddenly, the world is looking at us. Now we learn to see our city as place where, though many extraordinarily good things happen, things can go wrong.

The Sculpture Fields at Montague Park is a newly developed city park with monumental sculpture, where the public can go to experience large-scale works commemorating our cultural experience.

There is a unique opportunity to see the creation of one such sculpture that will be dedicated to those who recently lost their lives in the line of duty. When completed, this steel and concrete work of art will stand in Sculpture Fields at Montague Park as a permanent tribute.

Thanks to land donated 100 years ago by the Montague family, the vision of John and Pamela Henry and the recent efforts of the Sculpture Fields organization, the park will soon be open. It will be open free to the public beginning on weekends in November. The grand opening is scheduled for Spring 2016.

The memorial sculpture will be created here in Chattanooga by internationally known artist and sculptor, Peter Lundberg.

With a global reputation, Lundberg’s works are held in private, corporate and government collections in Germany, Scandinavia, China, Australia and the United States. He has been a leader in the creation of sculpture parks in America. For this special tribute event, the public was allowed inside the new park to watch as he worked. The artist worked there from August 8-10. The sculpture will be raised beginning at 9:00 a.m. on September 1st with a brief dedication ceremony to follow.

Sculptures inspire us. They cause us to reflect on loss or joy or beauty and we often find hope and renewed passion in the images. Sometimes the art of sculpture brings to life what we need to see.

The entrance to Sculpture Fields at Montague Park is on Polk Street just off Main Street.

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Debbie is the retired Editor of Chattanooga Magazine, and ongoing contributor.

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