Saratoga Springs' 9/11 sculpture to be dedicated in a public ceremony on Sunday, September 9th

August 31, 2012
For Immediate Release

The Board and Staff of Saratoga Arts invites the public to join us, Mayor Scott Johnson, city officials, artists John Van Alstine, Noah Savett and our supporters, Sunday, September 9th at 12pm at a ceremony to inaugurate Tempered By Memory and reflect upon September 11, 2001. The ceremony will take place at the permanent site of the sculpture in High Rock Park between the two springs.

For the community, from the community has been at the heart of Tempered By Memory since the spring of 2010 when artists John Van Alstine and Noah Savett proposed a sculpture that would
remain sensitive to the material and respectful of its past. It was this vision that led to the creation of a powerful work of contemporary art that unites our own community with others across the globe, as we reflect on September 11, 2001.

Join us, Sunday, September 9th at noon to dedicate Tempered By Memory, reflect upon September 11, 2001 and celebrate the integration of Saratoga Springs' 9/11 Memorial Sculpture in High Rock Park as the centerpiece of a plan that emphasizes the other natural and historical features of the area. The ceremony will take place at the site of the sculpture, located in High Rock Park between the two springs.

Saratoga Arts was able to make this powerful and important project possible because of the tremendous support it received from hundreds of individuals and businesses in our community.

For more information on Tempered By Memory and a full list of its supporters, please visit Saratoga Arts at

For further information or questions about Tempered By Memory's dedication event, please contact Joel Reed, Saratoga Arts' Executive Director at 518.584.4132

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yle High Rock Spring

The cliff bordering High Rock Park marks the western edge of the Saratoga Fault Line. High Rock Spring, at its base, is distinguished by a cone of hardened mineral deposits. Known to Native Americans for over 5,000 years, Mohawk Indians carried an ailing Sir William Johnson to the spring in 1771. The first non-Native American to visit the site, word soon caught on outside the Iroqouis Nation that the waters throughout this obscure region held extraordinary healing powers.




The Seal of the City of Saratoga Springs, NYTThe official seal adopted by the City of Saratoga Springs, depicts a Mohawk family at High Rock Spring, and is based on an illustration by John Ehninger (1827-1889). The image pays homage to High Rock, and the Native Americans who, in 1771, brought Sir William Johnson to the “great medicine spring.” In the 1770’s, several pioneers attempted settlement in the High Rock Area including Dirck Schouten, John Arnold, Samuel Norton, a son of Samuel Norton, and Gilbert Morgan. In 1783, General Philip Schuyler cut a path through the wilderness, from his home in Old Saratoga, by the Hudson River near Fish Creek, to the High Rock Spring, and built a cabin. While on a northern tour in 1783, General George Washington traveled to the High Rock Spring with his party, and drank the waters before continuing their journey southward. Alexander Bryan is considered the first permanent resident at the springs in 1787. Bryan built a blacksmith shop and an additional log building where he opened a tavern. The area around High Rock continued to develop as the Blakeslys, Risleys and Taylors settled and started businesses in what would become known as the “Upper Village.”
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