On June 30th, 2013, Arizona experienced a huge loss when 19 firefighters died after being caught in a great wildfire in the northern part of the state. The ache of this loss was a feeling that was felt throughout the state and likely that feeling was eclipsed by the pain and the tragedy that was experienced by the families of those 19 men.
We wanted to do what we could to make sure that those hotshots would not be forgotten and somehow show our appreciation for them. That is how the idea for “Streets of Heaven” was brought up. A piece heavily influence by a speech from the American TV show The West Wing. During this piece, we wanted to look up and show the heavens. Not in a religious way, but to show the great beauty of life here. We wanted to show the beauty of our world which is too often gone unnoticed and unappreciated until it is too late, like those we lost on that day. But then something happened. We realized that wasn’t enough. As small as our project and vision may be, dedicating it just to those 19 individuals and their families some how seemed cruel to all the others that was have lost and to those we haven’t. The negative side effect of events such as the 30th of June is the temporary shift in attention to one particular group. That is why we wanted this piece to be about all heroes. We wanted it to be the reminder of the innocents lost and the beauty that is still here among us. A piece that started because of a tragedy quickly turned into a project about appreciation of what surrounds us. Things that we may not notice every day.
This was no longer a local project, this was a national vision. A common feeling of appreciation we have towards all those who serve as fire fighters. While incredibly underpaid, they still walk into situations where most of us wouldn’t have the courage to do so. Like teachers, they are today’s heroes who aren’t appreciated enough.
This piece was shot in Mt. Whitney, CA during Perseid meteor shower. To read more about the event that inspired this project please click here: cnn.com/interactive/2013/07/us/yarnell-fire/. For excerpt from the West Wing, which we highly recommend that you watch please click here: youtube.com/watch?v=hqVWqTFU5Nk. There is nothing wrong with a bit of Sorkinism now and then.
A special thanks for Justin's, RX Bar, and Laughing Giraffe Organics.
Music: Torn by Nathan Lanier
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