Peter Max Poster Benefits Pentagon Memorial Fund
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2004 A Peter Max poster specially created to benefit the Pentagon Memorial Fund will now be sold at the Fort America shop located in the Pentagon.
The poster, meant to help remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon, was previously sold only online.
Depicting the Statue of Liberty with the Pentagon in the background, renowned pop artist Max designed the poster as a tribute to the victims of the tragedy. The majority of proceeds from the sale of the posters go to the Pentagon Memorial Fund, a non-profit organization founded by family members of Pentagon victims. The organization is working to raise $17.5 million to build a permanent memorial near where American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the building.
"It is fitting to sell the posters in the heart of the Pentagon," said Jim Laychak, president of the Pentagon Memorial Fund. "They will not only help us honor those who died, they will help us build an eternal place of remembrance for future generations." Laychak's brother David was killed in the Pentagon attack.
AT&T and artist Peter Max joined together on the poster with a goal of raising $1 million for the proposed Pentagon Memorial, officials said. The poster design and production was underwritten by a $25,000 donation from AT&T.
"We look forward to serving Pentagon visitors and those individuals responsible for our nation's defense by providing a distinctive product that will help to generate the needed dollars for such an appropriate cause," said Fort America manager Tom O'Rourke.
The Fort America store is located in the Pentagon's main concourse, and its kiosk store is in the Pentagon Welcome Center.
The limited edition, personally autographed posters are $150. Poster overpaints sell for $8,000 each. Orders for the artwork can now be placed at the Fort America shop, where the poster is on display. Artwork can also be ordered through the Pentagon Memorial Fund Web site. Posters are mailed to purchasers after the artist personalizes and signs them.