SALT LAKE CITY -- A statue that could become the second beacon of freedom is moving forward, the sculptor and community leaders said during a news conference at the Capitol.
Attorney Mark Shurtleff was joined by Utah artist/sculptor Gary Lee Price, Daniel Bolz, president and chief executive officer of the Statue of Responsibility Foundation, and Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland as they launched the second phase of the project Wednesday.
The project is the brainchild of Viktor E. Frankl, who was a Holocaust survivor. Even though he never lived in the United States, he said a statue promoting responsibility among humanity should be built and placed somewhere along the West Coast as a bookend to the Statue of Liberty, so both could symbolize freedom. Frankl, a Vienna resident, died in 1997.
Frankl wrote "Man's Search for Meaning" in 1959, and said liberty plus responsibility equal freedom.
In 2010 the state Legislature passed a resolution supporting the project and declaring Utah as the birth place of the Statue of Responsibility.
Individuals and businesses have contributed $1 million to the first phase of the project. Some of those funds are being used to create a 30-foot-tall replica of the statue. Price is sculpting it at UVU in an open area while students and visitors watch.
Bolz said he has "high hopes" that individuals and companies will step up to the plate to help raise $8 million that is needed to buy a site for the statue.
Organizers are looking at nine sites. Those are Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Diego.
The statue that will be placed on the West Coast is designed to stand 300 feet tall and is of two hands clasping each other. It is estimated to cost between $200 million and $300 million, Bolz said.
The statue is "about humanity and bringing people together," Price said. "This is a whole grass-roots movement. It's a movement of responsibility."
Holland said UVU officials agreed to have Price build the 30-foot replica of the statue at the school because it also represented what the school is about.
"It fits in with our mission," Holland said. "We want our students to go out in the community and do something to help others."
For more information about the project or to donate go to mystatueofresponsibility.com.