Flight 5191 sculpture unveiling scheduled for Aug. 27

kward1@herald-leader.comAugust 1, 2011 

The design of the Memorial for Flight 5191 by renowned sculptor and Kentucky resident Douwe Blumberg will feature a 17-foot foot tall sculpture of 49 stylized silver bird figures which will sweep heavenward in a rush of energy and movement. The number of birds represents the 49 people killed in the Comair crash. The sculpture will be placed in the Remembrance Gardens developed by Hospice of the Bluegrass, at the University of Kentucky Arboretum.

A sculpture honoring the 49 people who died in the crash of Comair Flight 5191 will be unveiled this month at a service commemorating the fifth anniversary of the crash.

The dedication service, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 27 at The Arboretum on Alumni Drive, will include remarks by local ministers and family members of three people who died in the crash. More than 350 family members and friends of the crash victims are scheduled to attend.

The 17-foot-tall metal sculpture created by Douwe Blumberg features 49 birds in flight and sits on a granite circle inscribed with the names of those who died. Each family was given the chance to place small mementos into 49 capsules encased in the sculpture.

The public is invited to attend, but attendees have been asked to be respectful of family members.

Seating will be available to the family members, their guests and other participants. Others are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Parking will be available in nearby lots outside The Arboretum.

Donations for maintaining the sculpture may be made to the Flight 5191 Memorial Fund through the Blue Grass Community Foundation, 250 West Main St., Suite 1220, Lexington KY 40507 or at Bgcf.org.

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