Brick, New Jersey: Angel in Anguish

Memorial to the town's fallen in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, an angel sculpted by artist Brian Hanlon slumps over a lectern with a image of the Twin Towers. Also on site: space shuttle disaster monuments.

Address:
Springhill Drive, Brick, NJ
Directions:
In Windward Beach Park. From Hwy 70, at the junction of Hwy 88, turn east onto E. Princeton Ave. Drive a little over a mile, then turn right onto Springhill Drive and into the park. The statue will be straight ahead, at the end of the road, in a little traffic circle.
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Angel mourning 9-11 dead.

Angel in Anguish

The town of Brick lost nine of its residents in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks, and commissioned New Jersey sculptor Brian Hanlon to create what would in effect be their gravestone.

The result, unveiled on 9/11/2002, was "Angel in Anguish." Eight feet tall, a bronze barefooted angel with flaccid wings slumps over a lectern that displays the names of the fallen. On its front is a tableau of the Twin Towers, standing before an immense flapping American flag that would be the size of New Jersey if it weren't allegorical.

The grim monument stands in what seems like an ill-matched spot: a small park that also serves as the town's happy beach and boat basin. On either side of the Angel are additional sad monuments to the Challenger and Columbia Space Shuttle disasters.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 08/15/2011]

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