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Untitled (#6 from the World Trade Center Memorials)
Date: 2001
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Medium: Detritus from World Trade Center with hand-coated silver print
Dimensions: Image: 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. ( 11.4 x 19 cm )
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Photographic image of cloud/business card printed on paper from Cantor Fitzgerald.
Credit Line: Purchase
Object Number: 2002.45.2
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Singed papers and other bits of debris from the attacks on the World Trade Center floated across the East River and into Brooklyn throughout the day and evening of September 11, 2001. Some landed near the Union Street studio of artists Doug and Mike Starn. The brothers and many who work with them in the studio witnessed the attacks and destruction of the buildings as they traveled into Brooklyn that morning and watched from the streets near the studio. They felt compelled to gather the papers that landed nearby so that they would not be treated as trash, but as objects that had once belonged to people who had worked in the Trade Center.

In a personal statement written few days after September 11, 2001, one of the brothers observed that the "pieces of paper are part of the buildings that were such an embedded symbol of our adopted hometown." The brothers also felt compelled to help in some way, ultimately determining to incorporate the bits of paper into an ongoing body of work utilizing trees, leaves and photographic materials and processes. According to the artists, "the papers fell from the sky like leaves in the autumn, the leaves are the living heart and soul of trees all summer long... The leaves represent a creative life force and mortality- leaves die and are scattered in the wind, just like the leaves of paper. The mixed media work directly addresses the immense magnitude of the loss of life suffered by Cantor Fitzgerald, a small company that was one of the most widely known of the many institutions damaged that day.