Saturday, 18 October 2014

Ground Zero Quilt

Today we visited Ground Zero in New York. 
This has to be the most amazing experience - as you get such a feel for the tragedy of  9/11. The Memorial Museum is huge but still manages to portray the feeling of the individual people's tragic stories. It has to be the most moving museum 
experience I have ever had.

And in amongst the display are two smaller quilts and a huge one. 
This one by Tomoko Hayakawa is one of the smaller ones on show.

Look closely and you see the Twin Towers outlined over the Dresden Plate blocks.

The background fabrics are alternated.


The information provided said: "Inspired by the Aids Memorial Quilt Arts Educator, 
Drunell Levinson conceived a September 11 Quilts Memorial that would bring
together the work of artists from around the world. Within the first year after 9/11 
she had received 94 quilts. Over the next two years the quilts - many using 
he Twin Towers as a focal point -  the Twin Towers - were displayed 
throughout the United States and in Japan."

The border fabrics were obviously Japanese and I think the link to that is
the architect of the the Twin Towers was Minoru Yamaski. He had created the 
tallest buildings in the world. They were completed in 1972.

I believe they rotate quilts on display. If you are ever in New York this
Museum has to be on your list of places to visit.

You can read more about her project  on:

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