This first video is a look at the 9/11 Memorial. The second video is a beautiful, haunting prayer sung by cantor Ari Schwartz at the Interfaith service held on September 25, 2015. In closing this post, I share the story behind Double Check (post image) by Seward Johnson and its significance when I saw it for the first time. We will always remember.
The feature image for this post is Double Check by Seward Johnson. During a visit to Grounds for Sculpture, I saw this image for the first time and it was surreal for me. On September 11, 2001, I was living in London. A few minutes after 2 p.m., a colleague interrupted a meeting to tell me that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. I reassured her that it was probably a hobbyist flying a Cessna plane.
She asked me to step into her office. On her computer screen, I saw the reality.
The story behind Double Check is one inspiration. A few weeks after September 11, 2001, the rescue workers found the statue in the rubble. It had been on display in Liberty Plaza. Although scratched, the statute was intact.
During the same time period, a copy of the statue was on display in Germany, where people had turned it into a makeshift memorial. Johnson recalled the statute back to the United States via Rome. In Italy, people left notes of support for New York. Johnson collected the tributes. He cast the statue in bronze with the pieces exactly as he had found them.
The original sculpture is now in its original location, today called Zuccotti Park.