Dedicated: November 12, 2015
Artist: Rita Blitt
Medium: Stainless Steel
Park: Hospital Hill Park
The Skywalk Memorial Plaza honors the first responders and victims of the skywalks collapse in 1981 that claimed the lives of 114 people and injured more than 200 others.
The memorial is designed to provide a place of reflection for those affected by the tragic event. It includes a sculpture created by international award winning artist and Kansas City native Rita Blitt, whose 5th grade teacher was injured in the collapse. Blitt, who attended the Kansas City Art Institute, named the sculpture “Sending Love,” which evokes the spirit of two people dancing. The sculpture is 24-feet tall and resides on a base that includes the names of the 114 people who lost their lives in the collapse while attending the Tea Dance. The sculpture was fabricated by A. Zahner and set in place by Belger Cartage.