Barbera Fox's son was a 22-year-old art student in June 2013 when City Treasurer Nancy Winkler lost her 24-year-old daughter Anne Bryan, also an art student, in the building collapse at 22nd and Market.
Fox and her son were taking a non-credit class together at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts when six were killed and 14 were injured on June 5 of that year.
A week after, "I'm riding on the train with my son," said Fox, whosetaught art at Montessori Children's House of Valley Forge for the last 15 years. "And I'm thinking about (Bryan's) family and mine, and what it would mean to me to lose my son."
This drove Fox, a 1988 graduate of the Academy, to submit a design for the centerpiece sculpture of the memorial park planned for the collapse site.
Fox'sdesign, which incorporates a granite house with windows for each victim and an open seventh window for all those affected, won over the park committee.
Winkler, who sits on the committee and started the petition for the park last year, called the design "Very touching and very meaningful. … to give to all the families, not just Anne."
Fox and members of the Philadelphia Horticultural Society will complete the design of the park. To this point the committee has raised more than $200,000, but is still $400,000 short of the goal. The plan is to break ground in the Spring of 2015. The park designs call for bluestone paving and massive stone benches along with flowers and trees.
"I'm very moved that the whole community has come together," Winkler said. "I think it just shows what a group can do when their motivated and are moved."
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