Friday, July 1, 2011

Participate in Public Art in July

We love to support our downtown colleagues, and we heard about a project yesterday that is right up our alley. As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, downtown cultural institutions are discussing ways to remember the day in a meaningful way. The Tribute WTC Visitor Center, The Battery Park Conservancy, and Feel the Music! have joined together to create a public art project for residents and workers in Lower Manhattan with just that thought in mind.

During the month of July, curators, artists and Tribute volunteers will collect the handwritten and hand-drawn thoughts and feelings of people who live and work in Lower Manhattan; these contemplations will reflect on the impact of the 9/11 attacks on their lives.

Tables will be set up in key locations downtown on four Wednesdays, from 11 am-2 pm, and on Thursday, July 7, from 4 pm-7 pm. All residents and people who work in Lower Manhattan are invited to participate. Here is where to do it:

Wed. July 6 11 am-2 pm
Peter Minuit Plaza (in front of the Staten Island Ferry)

Thurs. July 7 4 pm-7 pm
Hudson River Park’s Pier 25

Wed. July 13 11 am-2 pm
Coenties Slip Park, 36 Water Street

Wed. July 20 11 am-2 pm
World Financial Center Courtyard, adjacent to Starbucks

Wed. July 27 11 am-2 pm
59 Maiden Lane Plaza

International painter and muralist Tova Snyder will assemble the collected reflections into a unified visual expression of the sentiments of the community. The final work of art, “9/11 Tenth Anniversary Reflections,” will be installed August 4 in historic Battery Park, near its Gardens of Remembrance. So if you come to see us, you will be able to see it, and vice versa.

Says the Tribute Center, “Participants and the general public will be able to read, see and be moved by one another’s thoughts and contributions in this touching and inspirational work of public art.”

Funding for this project has been made possible with support from the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Feel the Music!, Tribute WTC Visitor Center, with additional support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Brookfield, 59 Maiden Lane Associates LLC, Hudson River Park Trust, and Manhattan Youth.

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