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Statue of Responsibility & Gary Lee Price

Posted on Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 01:34PM by Registered Commenterkennethlinge | Comments7 Comments

I am so fortunate to have been the photographer for The Statue of Responsibility Foundation now for about 4 years. It is a fantastic project, read this words by Victor E. Frankl from his famous book Man's Search for Meaning. " Freedom is not the last word. Freedom is only part of the story and half of the truth. The positive aspect of freedom is responsibility. That is why I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast of the United States be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast". One of my heros Gary Lee Price is the creator of the monument itself, and I'm proud to count him among my friends and thank him for his inspiration to me. Just like Dr. Frank survived the Holocaust, Gary have had his own very painful experiences and suffering but have risen above it. Read this in his own words:"......at age 6,being awakened by gun shots and running through our apartment in the Heidelberg, Germany,Army barracks, to find my mom lying in a pole of blood, having been shot at the hands of my stepfather. I vividly remember standing over my mom and crying while she looked up at me with her beautiful green eyes but couldn't utter a word. I remember hearing my stepfather falling against the silverware drawer as he shot himself in the head......" Gary Lee Price suffered through this and many other horrible experiences to become a wonderful loving man and fantastic artist. Just wanted to share this so you can see what kind of wonderful people I get to work with on this project. The image of the day is Gary working on the 13 ft clay prototype of the monument in his studio. The finished monument will be 300 ft tall in stainless steel.

Link to a Facebook post April 14th 2010 on a signing with the State of Utah

Reader Comments (7)

Hence the political party I started called Responsibilitarian. It's a party of one, presently. So far - no squabbling.
Those who don't take responsibility for their freedom lose it mighty fast.

February 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFred Hinegardner

Beautiful sculpture, and powerful idea that we have needed more reminders of since Frankle first noted it, and JFK first put it into a speech;"ask not what your country can do for you..." I would change it here to "but what you can do for your countrymen."

September 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan Ames

Could it be hands that could be either gender, as well as strong?

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPegSattler

Great nations are consolidated by great ideas. Freedom is only one half of American Idea. Victor Frankl, John Rockefeller and many other thinkers said that freedom implies responsibility. These two complementary parts created the foundation for our success as a nation. It is time to materialize the second important half of the truth. As soon as The Statue of Responsibility is erected, it will become spiritual symbol of our nation comparable to The Statue of Liberty.

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDr. Alexander Asanov

I think this statue is a wonderful idea. Statues representing American values make me happy and proud. Although I think the design is ONLY A LITTLE weird, I still strongly like it. It also hurts me that the man who came up with this idea suffered horribly while as a child. All in all, I support the building of this statue, and I would be eager for it to be built.

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndre

What a great concept and one I would love to see built in San Diego, one of the prime cities being considered for its installation. There's already a beautiful potential setting within its harbor at either Shelter Island or Harbor Island. To have a monumental reminder of Frankl's and other humanistic psychologist's optimal views of human potential could really enhance people's lives.
Now to come up with a fitting motto, even more uplifting than 'Give us your tired, your poor..."

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJack W. Schlotte

How bout, "Connecting Humanity"? This is the new motto for the project. Please check out the artists new website at www.connectinghumanity.org

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeesa Clark-Price

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