Tribute to Air Conditioning
Imagine visiting Alabama in the summer without air conditioning, and you'll understand why this sculpture exists. Its creation was captained by Gadsden civic leader Peter Gregerson, who couldn't believe that no tribute existed to Willis Carrier, the inventor of modern air conditioning. Gregerson was determined that Gadsden be first to right that wrong.
The tribute, unveiled in 2009, is 10 feet tall, 8 feet wide, weighs 1,500 pounds, and blows air. Built of copper, glass, and air conditioning components, it has rotating ductwork and a video screen that shows local people talking about how uncomfortable life was before air conditioning. Gregerson, old enough to remember those days himself, has said that he wants the sculpture to be on display for the next 100 years.