C3 9/11 Commemoration

  IX-XI

The attack on and complete destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 (IX_XI) is the certainly the defining event of the first decade for the United States in the 21st century.      A sculpture I made in this context drew much attention when shown in the Ann Arbor Artist Guild, in the North Campus Commons Gallery, and in Birmingham, MI. .

00235A-IX_XI-ArtHistoryDisplay4x5-300Subseqently I found a piece of 4”x4” x28” structural steel that seemed to offer promise for a more somber version [photo].

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The sculpture made from this black steel and copper was displayed in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library.  It is not yet permanently installed because we are working with their development people to fund a larger version (provisionally 8”x8”x96”)  for installation just outside of that library.

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 After 9/11 disaster I found a strong resonance between my sculpture and the poem  “Am I You” by Nancy Wolfe, an artist who has long been a mainstay of our southeastern Michigan community. Believing that the written and sculptural works strongly complement one another, we proposed this for installation on the  Chelsea Sculpture Walk.

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In memory of Darya Lin

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Darya Lin perished on 9/11/2001 in Tower 2 of the World Trade Center in New York City.  She  was the daughter and only child of Ali Maung Thet Lin and his wife Nahid Mashayekhi Lin.  Ali, who had been in my research group for a brief time,  was a valued, respected colleague in the spin physics group of the Michigan physics department for many years.  Ali retired in 2003.