On June 25, 2011 we visited Mark Marderosian at the country home in Connecticut he shares with his fiancée Maris Wacs. He resides in Manhattan but grew up in Beavercreek, OH. He first heard of the WTC Steel Artifacts being distributed by the Port Authority of NY and NJ in 2009. He conferred with his father Mark Marderosian, Sr., who still lives in Beavercreek, and soon the town began the application process to receive a piece of WTC Steel to build a 9/11 Memorial.
His weekends in the country usually mean an escape from working on the 9/11 Memorial or passing his neighborhood FDNY firehouse where memories of 9/11 are so easily recalled. He shared with us his experience selecting the steel at Hanger 17 and reflected on the historical, educational and emotional components innate in the steel artifacts.
Screen shots from the documentary, The Art of Memories, currently in production:
Mark is lost in thought as he gazes at one of the many pieces of artwork displayed throughout their home.
Mark and Maris discuss the impact the WTC Steel can have as not only a memorial but as a teaching tool.
The mood lightens when Mark and Maris give us a tour of the historic home and property they have been restoring. Behind them is a deck being built next to a stream that runs on their property. They plan on getting married on the deck, sheltered by the trees in this tranquil place.