OAKLAND (KCBS) —- Oakland officials broke ground today on a large sculpture that will feature 25 humanitarians. The project was ten years in the making.

City officials and dignitaries were on hand for the opening of the sculpture, which is three stories tall.  It’s called “Remember Them: Champions for Humanity.” It includes representations of people including Harvey Milk, Susan B. Anthony and Malcolm X.

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The project, located at Fox Square at 19th and Telegraph, at 25 tons and spanning 90 feet, is one of the largest bronze sculptures in the country.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

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The artist, Mario Chiodo, thanked the crowd on Monday for their support.

“You all had a role in the construction of this monument,” he said. “This was from all of you.”

Kaiser Permanente has agreed to fund 90 percent of the $7 million work of art.

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