Temple Memorial to Florida Shooting Victims is Set Ablaze

People visit the Temple of Time art installation May 19, 2019 in Coral Springs, Florida. For the past three months, the installation has served as a space for the grieving to gather and reflect before it is ignited. The Temple of Time was constructed and is scheduled to be burned later this evening to help the communities heal following last year’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A wooden temple built as a memorial to the 17 victims of a Florida high school mass shooting has been set ablaze in a symbolic gesture of healing.

The “Temple of Time” public art installation was set afire Sunday at a ceremony hosted by the cities of Parkland and Coral Springs, where Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students live.

The families of several Parkland victims attended the ritual burning of the 35-foot (10-meter) tall temple. Described as “therapeutic” by some, the ceremonial fire is supposed to symbolize the release of pain still left inside.

Coral Springs Fire Department firefighters spray water as the Temple of Time art installation burns May 19, 2019 in Coral Springs, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

San Francisco-area artist David Best created the 1,600-square-foot (150-square-meter) Asian design with a spire roof, helped by several volunteers.

A lone gunman’s attack killed 17 students and staffers and injured 17 others on Feb. 14, 2018.

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