Bright, colorful and inviting: a man has a vision for a steel bench that will be a permanent memorial for Gabby Petito at North Port, Florida.
Aaron Betzner, owner of the l fabrication business A Squared Fabrication in Indiana,said: "I knew it was something I could do. It was something I had to do.
Betzner said that upon hearing about a possible permanent memorial for Gabby, he knew he wanted to help. He says he's working with a member of the Petito family to make sure the final artwork will be exactly what Gabby's parents want.
"Butterflies were the most important thing, the most important," he says.
Beyond butterflies, Betzner says the family allowed him to add his own ideas to the play. It will be a three-person bench instead of the usual two-person bench, "where people can come and sit, reflect on their own lives, reflect on Gabby, a sort of little sanctuary space," says Betzner.
The design of the bench. (Courtesy of Aaron Betzner) (Aaron Betzner)
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The bench will also include a "root system coming from the ground, almost like a tree or bush, so this will be a place where butterflies come and go. come together, "Betzner described. He tells Fox News that the intricate work will include " 15 butterfly designs and shapes that will be placed around the bench and incorporated into the bench. "
The final version will be a soft white, with butterfly colors and will have a finish to protect it from the Florida sun.
City officials demolished the makeshift memorial outside City Hall on October 12 , after showers and wind started damaging some of the signsgenes, flowers and works of art brought by people from all over the country. These items have been moved to an interior area. Counsel for the Petito family has confirmed that Gabby's parents will come to the location to choose the items they would like to keep.
A memorial for Gabby Petito grew up near City Hall in North Port, Florida with heartfelt messages left in her memory. (Fox News)
The people from all over the country have traveled to visit the memorial and are now wondering when the permanent monument will stand in its place. Betzner says hisgoal is to drive the bench to North Port before Thanksgiving.
A photo by Gabby Petito. (@ petitojoseph / Instagram)
Mayor Jill Luke told Fox News that the bench will be placed between the trees and in the shade a few meters from where the makeshift memorial stood.