THE ART OF IMMORTALIZING HEROES
BY JOE PISANO
This War Memorial was inspired by 94 Veterans returning from a trip to Washington DC to visit
the War Memorials in their respective honor. Upon receiving these Veterans in the San Diego
airport along with hundreds of San Diegans, Joe Pisano felt moved to create a Memorial for
those Veterans that couldn’t make a trip to DC. Once he learned that many San Diegans had
not visited the War Memorials in DC, he decided that his War Memorial would be for everyone,
honoring all those that served in the Armed Forces.
After drafting an image for each major war in the twenty-first century: World War I and II, Korean
War, Vietnam Conflict, and The Global War on Terrorism, Pisano included two more panels
depicting Unsung Heroes and Funeral Honors in reference to the Arlington National Cemetery.
In addition, Pisano’s vision would be to create a corrugated wall that would replicate both the
Vietnam Memorial Wall and the Freedom Wall.
The art piece is created with 100,000+ drywall screws, 1000+ dog tags, and 3800 two-inch
wooden stars, by approximately 2000 participants; veterans, active duty, reservists, nearly 1500
children/ special needs adults, and the community.
The Art of Immortalizing Heroes is credited for saving the lives of our veterans struggling with
PTSD and suicidal ideation.
Joe Pisano is a San Diego-based artist who enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserves in September
1999. He has served over 22 years supporting The Global War on Terrorism. Joe became
interested in art at a very young age and has been drawing his entire life. Recently, he began
creating 3-dimensional industrial art utilizing drywall screws.
Global War on Terrorism
World War I
World War II
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