Haunting 9/11 Art Commemorates September 11, 2001
Nineteen years after September 11, 2001, we reflect on the day’s events through powerful 9/11 art created by artists from around the world.
The events of 9/11 touched the hearts and lives of every American. Processing those events and their impact on the world and our collective conscious is challenging. The complexities of 9/11’s emotional impact, horrific imagery and the tragic loss of life are, perhaps, best articulated through art.
A unique aspect of September 11, 2001 is how the event brought Americans together in solidarity. Not since Pearl Harbor had American’s been so unified. In our current times of strife and division, it’s useful to recall such unity.
If you ever have an opportunity to visit New York City, I highly recommend visiting the 9/11 Memorial at the site of Ground Zero. The underground museum is built in the basement of the former South Tower. It’s a somber and exquisite exhibit and a memorial to those who perished and those that faced the fire on that terrible day.
Rather than drone on in words about the meaning of the day, here are some of my favorite pieces of art that capture the raw nature and deep emotional impact of September 11, 2001.
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James C. Sullivan is a guitarist, singer and long-time journalist having worked at publications including Snowboarder Magazine and USA Today. He recently returned to his roots in New England after a decade in California because cold winters and cloudy days inspire more creativity.