May 18th, 2011 was another day of crazy shooting. We began the morning with The Saratoga Arts Council’s press conference held to introduce local news and media outlets officially to “Tempered by Memory” – the 9/11 Memorial. Stories of loss on 9/11 were shared and hopes were voiced for the sculpture to have a significant place in history and role in the community of Saratoga Springs.
A particularly memorable moment was when the WTC Steel was raised and everyone could clearly see the “heart-shape” the steel had haphazardly and yet appropriately been twisted into during the destruction of the Twin Towers .
After the event, we headed to photographer Lawrence White’s studio and then to The Saratoga Arts Center to interview Exhibitions Coordinator Elizabeth Dubben in her office.
Screen shots from the documentary, The Art of Memories, currently in production:
An iron worker’s hard hat and gloves sit in front of WTC Steel.
Sculptor John Van Alstine and iron workers attach an American flag to the crane that will hoist the WTC Steel.
The distinct heart-shape in the WTC Steel becomes more apparent as it is lifted by the crane to approximate what the Saratoga Springs 9/11 Memorial will look like when completed.
After the press conference, iron workers make the first cut in the WTC Steel to begin the process of creating the 9/11 Memorial.
Photographer Lawrence White shows us images of lower Manhattan he took on September 11th 2001. Lawrence won a 2001 NY Press Association Award for his photographs of the terrorist attacks in NYC.