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The concept for Rise St. Pete developed when a steel beam from the World Trade Center was recovered from underneath America’s Response Monument at the National September 11th Memorial Museum in New York City and given to the owners of American Freedom Distillery.

Located in the Warehouse Arts District of St. Petersburg, Florida, American Freedom Distillery is owned by former special operators that played instrumental roles in the American response to the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and who now reside in Tampa Bay. One of the partners, Mark Nutsch, was part of a daring team of Green Berets that fought the Taliban while mounted on horseback. His team was honored with a bronze horse soldier sculpture that is dedicated to the United States Special Forces, America’s Response Monument located at Ground Zero.

When completed, Rise St. Pete will be a 20’ x 40’ monument with the WTC steel as its central focus. Designed by Mark Aeling of MGA Sculpture Studios, the monument and park will become a gathering place, spurring conversation and reflection by visitors of all ages.

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The anticipated design, construction, and sustainment costs to make Rise St. Pete a reality is estimated to be $1,000,000.




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Front View of Rise St. Pete

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“It’s an honor and a privilege to be selected to create this monument. Like a phoenix rises from the ashes ‘Rise’ is all about rebirth, looking forward as a community while honoring our past."

~ Mark Aeling, Chief Creative Officer, MGA Sculptor Studio, LLC  and internationally known sculptor

We Need Your Help

The anticipated design, construction, and sustainment costs to make Rise St. Pete a reality is estimated to be $1,000,000.