Sculptor Chris Andres and metalworker Adam Volpes talk about building a public monument to veterans.
Last month, the Satanic Temple announced plans to install a public monument at Veterans Memorial Park in Belle Plaine, MN. A somber black cube holding an upturned helmet with inverted pentagrams on its sides, the monument, commissioned by the temple, is a collaboration between sculptor Chris Andres and metalworker Adam Volpes. The monument came about after the Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened to sue Belle Plaine for allowing the display of a metal soldier silhouette kneeling beside a Christian cross at the park. In response, the city decided to designate a portion of the park as a limited public forum where any group, for a temporary period, could pay tribute to the fallen as they saw fit. And in came the Satanists.