AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The sculpture itself would consist of three abstract flowing forms intended to “lift an eternal spirit of duty up toward the sky,” according to the artist in his written proposal. Along with the fountain, paving and stone work, the project is estimated to cost about $300,000, said Deputy City Manager Kathy Matsumoto. While Fine Arts Commissioner Barry Rabbitt called many of the proposals outstanding, he said Russell’s came closest to capturing the commission’s vision. However, no final decision will be made until later this year. “We wanted something that was uplifting and that showed our admiration, respect, honor and pride for those that have served,” he said. CERRITOS – Proposals for a new veterans memorial were diverse in material and design. Rusted steel. Stacked blue glass. Arches rising out of mosaic representations of the five branches of the U.S. military. Suggestions for titles were as bold: Blazing Star. Rites of Passage. Faces of Remembrance. Freedom. But one proposal for the much-talked about memorial to honor Cerritos veterans seemed to strike the right note among the members of the Cerritos Fine Arts and Historical Commission. The only proposal to be submitted without a title, James T. Russell’s stainless steel sculpture, would rise from an 18-foot circular, granite foundation containing a 20-foot reflecting pool and fountain. “We wanted something that veterans still with us will be proud of and something that will give uplifting pride to families that have lost” a loved one in war. Eleven artists from throughout the country were solicited by the commission to submit proposals. They sent in 15 renderings. “Most of the messages were rather heartwarming in that they take to heart the admiration people had for the veterans,” said commissioner and former Mayor Barry Rabbitt. “People tried to express honor and dignity through art.” Commissioners also were looking for a piece that could blend well with the city’s modern decor. “Art is in the eye of the beholder,” Rabbitt said. “It’s about how it makes you feel.” Whatever proposal is finally selected, Rabbitt hopes it will include the engraved names of local veterans. The commission will make a final decision Nov. 15. It will then present the recommendation to the City Council in mid-November or early December, Matsumoto said. “I think the commission is working really hard to get this done, and we are very hopeful that this will be completed for next Veterans Day in 2006,” she added.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!