Ephemeral Memorials Online Exhibition

To remember and honor the dead on the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) invited the piblic to create a simple memorial at home, at work, at school or elsewhere. We asked each participant to submit a photo of their memorial to our online exhibition, which can be viewed by scrolling through the slide show or scrolling down the page below.
Immediately following the destruction of the Twin Towers and the loss of nearly 3,000 people working inside them, spontaneous memorials were created at fire houses, police stations, in Union Square, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and elsewhere throughout the city. These modest but expressive memorials offered a place for grieving, for gathering together and communicating with each other. We remember the powerful impression they made, even in their impermanence. In the years since 2001, ephemeral memorials continued to appear at ground zero, acting as placeholders for the permanent memorial?s completion
Photo submissions A-G (below) Photo submissions H-Z

Alla Baksanskiya -

Alla Baksanskiya -

Jewish Folk Craft Guild organized the exhibition for memory of People of 9.11. Created in 2011 by Alla Baksanskiya, member of the Jewish Folk Craft Guild in Brooklyn, NY

Students of Gordon Baldwin -

6th Grade Students, under the direction of Gordon Baldwin, 6th Grade Visual Arts Teacher at MS 136, honored the memory of the WTC and the victims of this tragedy in worlds and pictures. Created in Sept 2011 in Brooklyn, NY.

Christiane Bettens -

That day, our family was on vacation in Brittany, France. We collected these shells on a lovely beach with pink sand. Back in our car, we turned on the radio and heard the bad news. It was so incredible I keep these shells in a little glass jar as my private memorial. Created on Sept 11, 2001 by Louis (4 years old) and Christiane Bettens at their home in Switzerland.

Beryl Brenner -

A memorial for Tracy Gazzani, whose son perished on 9/11; Marilyn Truboloti, who lost her nephew on 9/11; Arthur Louie, who lost his brother on 9/11; those first responders who lost their lives and their families; and to the strong and enduring spirit of the people of New York City, my hometown. Created in Sept. 2011 by Beryl Brenner in Brooklyn, NY.

Inna Budovskiya -

Jewish Folk Craft Guild organized the exhibition for memory of People of 9.11. Created in 2011 by Inna Budovskiya, member of the Jewish Folk Craft Guild in Brooklyn, NY.

Randi Cecchine -

To the people living in NYC in the days and months following 9/11/01. This image shows the insides of a box I labeled 9/11-9/15/01. It includes a list of emergency items my Mom from Pennsylvania told me to buy and the many video tapes I recorded from the TV, and in NYC the week of 9/11. I look at the tapes and I think that I ought to edit them, watch them, think about them. But I don't. I look at the list and think I should still have these items in the house in case of attack. But I don't. Created in Sept. 2001 by Randi Cecchine in New York, NY.

Bivas Chaudhuri -

Bivas Chaudhuri -

Inspired by the tragic event of Sept.11 in New York. Fire is the symbol of death and destruction which is still going on as Global warming and hate. Another side of fire is eternal flame used as memory of death. Fire is friend and foe of human from the beginning of civilization depending on use. My current work is involved with space, which is full of energy. I use repetitive visual elements and meditative process to energize the whole space. The highly structured slowly changing imagery is close resemblance of my deep state of mind. It is emblematic of modern times mixed with personal feelings and impression. Created by Bivas Chaudhuri in Brooklyn, New York.

John J. Coghlan -

My work was done in 2002. I am a photographer, and graphics artist who lives in Brooklyn NY. I did not go to, and did not want to see lower Manhattan for almost one year after 9/11. I went over and photographed the temporary memorials next to the World Trade Center Sight. Shortly after I took the photographs, the memorials were taken down. I used the photos with computer paint programs and photo digital manipulation to express my sadness, and confusion. Created in 2002 by John J. Coghlan in Brooklyn.

Nancy Dean -

Driving home from the Valley, we visited Our Lady of Guadalupe cemetery in Pawnee, Texas. We came upon a shattered statue of the Virgin, her head lying on the ground. This broken image reminded us of many 9/11 workers who perhaps wore her image on a chain, held her prayer card in their wallets, or had a candle burning for her at home. We prepared this memorial to honor any undocumented workers who perished on 9/11 but have not been identified. We want them to come back and tell us who they are. Created in Sept 2011 by Nancy Dean and Diana De Los Santos in their backyard in Austin, Texas.

Jacqueline Dellatte -

The memorial was made for a school project in remembrance of the World Trade Center and all the beauty that surrounded the towers. I dedicated it to a friend that was a Lieutenant in the FDNY: Vincent Brunton, who will always be remembered. Created by Vanessa Ossi and Jacqueline Dellatte as a school project in Brooklyn, New York.

Marina Falkov -

Jewish Folk Craft Guild organized the exhibition for memory of People of 9.11. Created in 2011 by Marina Falkov, member of the Jewish Folk Craft Guild in Brooklyn, NY.

Marina Falkov -

Jewish Folk Craft Guild organized the exhibition for memory of People of 9.11. Created in 2011 by Marina Falkov, member of the Jewish Folk Craft Guild in Brooklyn, NY.

Arlene Finger -

Commemorative piece to first responders. Pen and ink, white chalk. Created by Arlene Finger in Brooklyn, NY.

Firehouse Memorial - Brooklyn Heights

Memorials were made in front of firehouses on Sept 11, 2001; in Sept 2011 they appeared again. Many of the firehouse altars featured two white candles, that we assume symbolize the twin towers. Created in Sept 2011 by Engine 205, H&L 118 in Brooklyn Heights; submitted by Kay Turner in Sept 2011.

Firehouse Memorial - Midtown

This firehouse memorial appears to be dedicated to the one fireman who died on Sept 11 from this house: Tom McCann. Created by Engine 65 on W 43rd St & 6th Ave, Manhattan; submitted by Kay Turner in Sept 2011.

Firehouse Memorial - Williamsburgh, Brooklyn

Memorials were made in front of firehouses on Sept 11, 2001; in Sept 2011 they appeared again. Many of the firehouse altars featured two white candles, that we assume symbolize the twin towers. Many firehouses also feature permanent memorials inside the house. Created in Sept 2011 by Engine 221, H&L 104 in Williamsburgh, NY (S 2nd St); submitted by Kay Turner in Sept 2011.

Students with Councilman Vincent Gentile -

Last spring, Councilman Gentile determined to involve young people from the neighborhood--many of whom weren't even born at the time of the attacks--and asked 20 local schools to have their students create posters to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks. It's only appropriate that, as the future leaders of our community and country today, children play a major role in this tribute, said Councilman Gentile. The nearly 3,000 handmade posters created a visceral mosaic as they are hung along the length of the bike path. The posters stretched nearly two miles. Seeing two miles of victims names really brought home the enormity of 9/11 the immense loss our country sustained. Created in Spring 2011 by students with Councilman Vincent Gentile along the length of the bike path in Bay Ridge.

Jan Gilbert -

We left this offering for all lives lost and changed because of 9/11/2001, made with rose petals, crouton leaves stitched together to form a pocket containing ashes from the ground zero site, in the woods of the artists retreat, A Studio in the Woods. Created on Dec. 1, 2001 by New Orleans artist Jan Gilbert and M. Jude, artisan from India, at A Studio in the Woods in Algiers, Louisiana.

Janet Goldner -

To everyone who is grappling with the meaning of the site and the event. The project is an attempt to find out why Americans and foreigners come to the site which has become a major tourist attraction, what they see and think about when they're there. Created in 2011 by Janet Goldner with thanks to Nina Talbot and the other participants in the CEC Artslink Publicly Creative workshop, visitors to the WTC site.

Leonid Grinberg -

Jewish Folk Craft Guild organized the exhibition for memory of People of 9.11. Created in 2011 by Leonid Grinberg, member of the Jewish Folk Craft Guild in Brooklyn, NY.