Artist Creates Miniature Replica of Twin Towers in Tribute to 9/11 in Buena Vista

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BUENA VISTA, Va. – Residents of Buena Vista may have done a double take yesterday when replicas of the Twin Towers suddenly took shape.

As the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks approaches, Lexington artist Mark Cline felt it was fitting to create a local tribute.

So he got to work, converting two shipping containers into realistic miniature replicas of the real towers.

“I saw two trucks coming down the hill on Interstate 81. They were side by side. They were coming down the hill and the perspective, the way I saw them when I first noticed them, I thought you know what if they were standing side by side it would look like the twin towers. And that’s where the inspiration first came to me,” said Mark Cline.

With the help of a local crane company and about two dozen volunteers, the models were put into place on a hill in Glen Maury Park, where they will stay for about a month.

“It takes on a life of its own. It all started with a little acorn of an idea, and I just want this thing to succeed,” Cline said. “I don’t think people realize how lucky we are to live in this country. And every time I see this flag, I kind of stop and thank how grateful I am to live here.

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A memorial event is scheduled for 10 a.m. on September 11 with speakers, music and local dignitaries.

Click on here for more information about the event.

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