Adding a meaningful and important “personal touch” to the MTS location, a 12-foot bronze sculpture stands in honor of organ and tissue donors and their families. Commissioned by MTS in 2004 and dedicated in 2009, St. Louis artist Don Wiegand created the bronze, bas-relief sculpture, inspired by a photograph taken at a Candlelight March ceremony in 2005. The sculpture depicts 12 people raising lit candles in the air and serves as a lasting tribute to organ and tissue donors and their families.
The sculpture, known as the Donor Memorial Monument, is mounted on stone and dwells within a specially created donor memorial plaza on the grounds of the MTS facility at Highlands Park. All of the details seen in the monument and surrounding park area are reflective of the selfless act of giving demonstrated by donors and their families. The sculpture is supported by large blocks of stone and marble and is encircled by a serene fountain of water in the center of tree-lined and grassy central garden, located just steps from our main office building. An inscription at the base of the sculpture reads “Honoring organ and tissue donors for the Gift of Life they gave to others”. Nearby single-words like Love, Hope, Courage, Life, and Heroes represent the spirit of donation and the donors themselves.
The Donor Memorial Monument and plaza was designed to allow MTS to host special memorial events for families throughout the years, however, it is our sincere desire that all donor families will visit the monument and park privately, with family and friends, as it was created specifically for them by MTS as a sacred place to remember and honor their loved ones.
For more information about the project, please visit the MTS newsroom.
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