FORT MYERS, Fla.- The events on September 11th can be haunting for many people. In the past 10 years, people have found different ways to cope with the tragedy. This year people from Southwest Florida are using art to verbalize their feelings.
The artists hope it helps people move forward while still remembering those who lost their lives.
Artist Leoma Lovegrove has been spending weeks putting her art project together. It's a 10 feet by 18 feet canvas and weighs 75 pounds.
Lovegrove has been travelling across Southwest Florida with it, encouraging people to paint the names of the nearly three thousand people who perished on 9-11.
"I wanted to involve the community. This project is a memorial," Lovegrove said.
At each location, Lovegrove has a jar of the names of those who died. People choose a name at random, then paint it on the canvass. Those who participated were overwhelmed with emotion.
"It's gotta mean something that we don't forget. You're not forgotten 'Sarah'," said one woman.
"You're heartbroken is how you feel. You're heartbroken to think that actually happened and hopefully by writing his name it can give comfort to somebody," said Judy Maclaren.
There's so many names the canvasses have several layers with different colors of paint.
"You realize that a whole life is gone in an instant. Some of these names are not adults. They are entire families," Lovegrove said about the names.
Each color on the canvas has a representation. Red represents victims inside the World Trade Center. Blue stands for the two planes that crashed into the towers and flight 93. Orange represents victims of flight 77 and white is for those who died in the Pentagon.
It's a permanent way to remember those who were killed.
"When you see all the layers and names, I look at all those precious lives lost," Lovegrove told WINK News.
While Lovegrove uses a paint brush to honor victims another local artist is using rock.
San Priest had two concrete blocks that were part of the foundation of the World Trade Center delivered to her Fort Myers studio.
For several weeks Priest sculpted the blocks into a work of art she calls, "Victorii Rebuild."
"These pieces of concrete have come out of the ground. Come from the slurry wall of the World Trade Center and it's amazing they were the foundation there and they will be the foundation of our healing," she said.
Priest carved binary codes into the sides. It represents Pennsylvania, DC and New York City all the places where victims died.
The sculpture will eventually go to New York City, but first it will be on display in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. That's where the concrete blocks of the World Trade Center were originally made.
By bringing the pieces home, Priest is hoping to rebuild a brighter future.
"Now it's time. Bin Laden is gone. Now it's time to smile and come back positive as a nation," she said.
Meanwhile, Leoma Lovegrove's "Never Forget" canvas will be displayed on September 11th at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers.
She hopes it will one day make its way to New York.