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Art loss at World Trade Center site

From: Linda Roundhill <artsconservation>
Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2001
This morning on National Public Radio there was a sad but
informative piece on the art that was lost Sept 11.  Compared to the
enormous human loss and suffering of the families, this seems
trivial, but the art world also suffered some great losses that day.
One great loss among many is Elyn Zimmerman's memorial fountain to
the victims of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

An excerpt is copied below:

    As curator for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey,
    which owned the trade center, Saul Wenegrat was responsible for
    placing most of the pieces. Although he's retired, he's been
    visiting the site regularly since Sept. 11, looking for any art
    he may be able to save. So far, he's found only a bronze sphere
    by German sculptor Fritz Koenig, which Wenegrat thinks could be
    repaired.

    He's less hopeful about a tapestry by Spanish surrealist Joan
    Miro, which was in the mezzanine of Tower Two.

    It's unknown how much art was destroyed because much of it was
    owned by private companies and kept in their offices. There were
    also 14 with studios in the trade center. One of them,
    38-year-old sculptor Michael Richards, died in the attack. He
    had spent the past eight years working on a series of pieces
    about the Tuskegee Airmen, the black pilots of World War II.

Here is a link to the summary and radio report:
    <URL:http://www.npr.org/news/specials/
    response/home_front/features/2001/oct/011016.lostart.html>

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Please note the audio has many more details than the online summary.
I just thought the conservation community should be informed. Peace,

Linda S. Roundhill
Art and Antiquities Conservation
18121 157th Ave NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
425-481-0720


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