Installation of the Obelisk Art 450 international public art project obelisks began Tuesday, with 25 to be set throughout the city.
The installation team is led by John Valdes, who volunteered his time and staff, with help from Vernon Keith of CDR and City of St. Augustine workers.
Valdes' team began installing bases last week - single-stack slabs at 500 pounds and double-stack slabs at 1,000 pounds. The slabs were installed using heavy equipment from Keith's company CDR.
Plaques identifying each obelisk along the Tour of Compassion will be installed on each foundation before opening a four-month public art project on First Friday, October 2. The obelisks will remain until January 31, 2016, official end of Nights of Lights.
Compassionate St. Augustine has produced a brochure which includes a map and information for a self-guided tour. Find the list here.
Each of the sites selected for the Tour of Compassion was chosen to tell a unique story about St. Augustine through a lens of compassion.