BUTLER TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – Imagine – a monument that stands just a few feet shy of the Statue of Liberty right at the intersection of Interstates 70 and 75.
There is still a while until that “Triumph of Flight” monument will be a reality, but two separate commitments from area foundations mean it is one step closer.
Over 65 million vehicles travel that intersection annually, but Curt Nelson, executive director of Wright Image Group, the organization building the monument, said the planned 270-foot monument will garner worldwide attention.
“That’s tall enough to be classified a skyscraper,” said Nelson. “People will come to see it if nothing else, and when they do come to see it, they will see it’s a hub of one of the richest areas of aviation heritage in the country. This is in fact, the federally designated Aviation Heritage Area, and it’s the only one we have.”
The proposed Triumph of Flight monument will have an Evolution of Flight park at its base.
When the project is complete, the area will include a reflecting pool, multiple bronze statues, a STEM learning center, and much more.
Nelson said they are still in the fundraising stage, but have received two commitments to donate from local philanthropies – the Berry Family Foundation and Kettering Fund.
“It’s hugely important to have that kind of credibility as we go all around the country looking for additional donors or pledges,” said Nelson.
Nelson said they are actively looking for more donors before they can begin construction.
Once they can begin building, it should take two years until it is complete, and Nelson expects between 200,000 and 400,000 visitors a year, and they hope to make the monument and park available for free to the public.