ABOUT THE FILM
“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living “
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
The Art of Memories is a feature length documentary currently in production on the 9/11 Memorials built from WTC Steel Artifacts across the United States and around the world.
Housed for the last ten years in the secretive Hangar 17 at JFK airport, burned out fire trucks, twisted metal and charred shoes have begun a slow and methodical process of being distributed as memorials. Over a thousand requests from all over the world, including places as far as China and France, have inundated the curators and preservationists of these objects.
Surprisingly, some of these items are still being cataloged to investigate the terrorist attack and while the steel sculpturally takes on the life of a Richard Serra on acid, it is symbolic of the lives lost and the attack on the sanctity of America’s freedom.
The Art of Memories focuses on two memorial projects created from the crushed and mangled steel recovered from the destruction of the World Trade Center. We have been shooting the progress on these projects as well as interviewing experts and those involved in the 9/11 Steel for over a year.
The Beavercreek, Ohio 9/11 Memorial is driven by firemen that served on Ohio’s Task Force One. They responded to the attack in New York City and helped in the recovery effort in 2001. Their steel will remain in one piece, as it was the day the Twin Towers came down. It is a strong symbolic piece of the window framing twisted yet still recognizable that is revealed to be from close to the impact point.
The Saratoga Springs, New York 9/11 Memorial is headed by the Saratoga Arts Council. Their steel is being utilized in a contemporary piece of art, collaboratively built and designed by two sculptors, John Van Alstine and Noah Savett. It is one of the only known such projects in the world.
Working closely with the Director of Exhibits at the New York State Museum, Mark Schaming, as well as with Frederic Schwartz, a prominent architect that designed the Westchester 9/11 Memorial and New Jersey 9/11 Memorial, we have been granted full access to their work as well as their kind support in offering to coordinate with the FBI, victims’ family members and the various individuals and organizations involved in such a complex and emotional task.
Interviews and insights into the controversy and emotions these memorials stir up reveal how fresh the wounds still are from 9/11 and how we as a society and individuals deal with healing them. The delicate balance of loss, memory, art, mourning, bureaucracy, and all that goes into creating memorials will be explored in The Art of Memories.
Thank you for your interest in the film.
Amanda Lin Costa, Director & Producer