Today is Workers Memorial Day, a day created for remembrance and to encourage safer and healthier workplaces. According to U.S. Census data, more than 5,000 workers lose their life each year while on the job in America.
To honor this day in Kansas City, families of those who have lost their life while on the job, KC Parks, and Kansas City Workers Memorial 501(c)(3) unveiled plans for a new memorial in Waterworks Park.
This endeavor is four years in the making and is the first time the plans have been made public. International Architects Atelier designed the site and shared renderings of what the memorial will look like.
Rays of Remembrance will honor those who have died while working in Kansas City. This Memorial site will be in the Circle Drive of Waterworks Park. Rays of Remembrance features 18 steel I-beams symbolizing 18 construction trades represented in this memorial to Kansas City Workers. The I-beams are configured in an elegant, radiant form gesturing towards the sky, evoking rays of sunlight breaking through the clouds at sunrise, representing hope and renewal. The steel rays are elevated by a monumental plinth created from stainless steel. Approaching the base of the sculpture, guests encounter laser-etched emblems of each of the trades represented in the memorial.
This project is estimated to cost about one million dollars. The Kansas City Workers Memorial 501(c)(3) was created to help raise money for this project. Individuals, businesses and organizations can donate directly on their website.