This featured project comes to us from Oklahoma City-based A.R.K. Ramos, a provider of ADA signage, etched plaques, cast letters and other architectural signage. It was about 20 years ago when the company was commissioned to participate in the construction of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, which is dedicated to those who were killed in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in A.R.K. Ramos’ hometown.
At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, a domestic terrorist detonated a bomb in a truck parked outside the building, killing 168 people, including 19 children who were in the day care portion of the facility. The killer was later caught and executed.
The memorial erected on that site, which was dedicated in 2000, includes the “Field of Empty Chairs,” where 168 chairs made of iron and glass are arranged in nine rows, one for each floor of the building. Etched into the glass is the name of a victim, and 19 smaller chairs represent the children killed. A.R.K. Ramos worked with the memorial’s designer to cast the metal for the chairs.
A.R.K. Ramos posted a picture on its Facebook page of rock star Sir Rod Stewart, who was in Oklahoma City for a concert this past October, walking through the Field of Empty Chairs paying his respects.