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Commission for Lancaster Catholic High School, Lancaster, PA
Phoenix Rising - Resurrection
A Memorial to Dennis M. Cook
Steel and aluminum from the old Lancaster Catholic High School Stadium, paint, stainless steel, bronze, digital images, glass apple (Jeremy Friedly), RGB-LED lighting
17' high x 16' wide x 14' deep

The challenge was to resurrect part of the old stadium at Lancaster Catholic High School, which was being torn down and replaced by a new state art the art stadium/sports complex. Friedly was asked to make the work a memorial to Dennis M. Cook who died on 9-11 in the North Tower, NYC. Denny played football at LCH and held the record for longest field goal for many years. Part of the turf where Denny made his record setting field goal was cast in bronze and set at the foot of Denny’s image along with a school ball - Friedly’s hand was used as the holder. Denny’s image and the school’s crest were printed on aluminum and attached to stainless. Stainless steel hardware was used in place of the original steel hardware. The purple beams, yellow arms which hold the seats and treads are all from the old stadium - the beams were created at Bethlehem steel in 1964. Above a 55 inch ring that holds Denny’s image are two rings with bronze arrows piercing bronze apples - a reference to Heroism (William Tell). The challenge and concept was to honor and make reference to past history, with the idea of moving forward in a positive light.