Cypress Structure. The Cypress was a double deck freeway section running through West Oakland physically dividing the community and bringing incessant noise and chemical pollution. It was a poor and industrial neighborhood that got little attention or support. The earthquake caused the freeway to collapse, ultimately killing 42 people. This simple sculpture, standing on the parkway that replaced the freeway, memorializes that event.
The first responders were neighbors who ran out with every manner of ladder cobbling together scaffolds trying to reach people trapped in their cars. The air was thick with concrete dust that impeded both light and breathing. Their bravery and selflessness were incredible.
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