The Nevada State Fallen Firefighter Memorial is coming together! Here you see a firefighter pulling another to safety? Powerful imagery like this allows the public to fully immerse themselves in a scene. It leaves space for everyone to pay respect to the men and women of the fire service. View it here: Austin Weishel (@austinweishel) • Instagram photos and videos or here: NEVADA STATE FIREFIGHTER MEMORIAL – austinweishel.com
The Nevada Fire Memorial features five life size firefighters in action. It is an interactive piece, allowing visitors to walk in the scene, touch the firefighters, and pay their respects to the men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty, as well as those who continue to serve today.
This memorial includes a Captain, a nozzle man, and three firefighters. Each firefighter is life-size with ornate elements in each of their turn out gears. Each firefighter is modeled to the highest level of accuracy and detail.
I have had many challenges in my sculpting career, but this might have been one of my biggest challenges. It took a large amount of focus to get each detail perfect. From the downed firefighter in the scene, to the Captain calling out commands, each fold in their bunker gear is meticulous. I know that my level of detail and craftsmanship not only makes for a beautiful sculpture, but shows respect for the men and women who have sacrificed everything to be in this profession.