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Dream unwillingly deferred: Still lack funding to build Statue of Responsibility

"It's our connection with others, with other countries, with other people, with other tribes," says Price, 54. "I'm sure you've seen 'Avatar.' . . . The message of how we're all one."

But Price perhaps bears an artistic burden greater than even James Cameron's. This statue doesn't honor a person (Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson), or a war (World War II, Vietnam), or an ambiguous meme any red-blooded American can get excited about (freedom). Responsibility is what stern parents lecture their kids about after they break curfew, get loaded and crash the family car. Responsibility is watching "Born Into Brothels" when you really want to watch "Dude, Where's My Car?" If liberty's a candy bar, responsibility is broccoli. Who builds a statue with such dreary symbolic baggage? And how do they get paid for it?

"My wife keeps asking that question, too," says Bolz, 58.

His diverse background includes an MBA from the University of Phoenix, a stint teaching high school near Salt Lake, and a hand in marketing and sales at Monument Arts, a company that helps people who want to build monuments negotiate the pitfalls. Though Monument Arts isn't formally affiliated with the Statue of Responsibility and Bolz gets no money upfront, he will receive "a very low six-figure income" once start-up funds are raised.

Though he hasn't got a paycheck yet, Bolz remains committed. In e-mails signed "Onward & Upward," Bolz sent information about "Pennies for Freedom," a program through which schoolchildren can help fund the monument by bringing change to school. He can already visualize the final product.

"Fast-forward a few years," Bolz says. "The monument is up. It's starting to gain traction and acknowledgement. Think of the birth analogy . . . when ladies are giving birth. The idea conceived in Vienna by Viktor Frankl is given birth in Utah . . ."

For a moment, the Statue of Responsibility is real.

"It will live out its days," Bolz says, "wherever."

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