In October 2001, a Wall Street broker commissioned the painting of maple trees on his property in Newtown, Connecticut to create a living memorial to nine colleagues from the American Stock Exchange, and the son of another, killed at the World Trade Center. This mural has been documented by photographer Jonathan C. Hyman several times over the years. His 2003 rendition, “Flag Trees” is on view now at the 9/11 Memorial Museum as a part of the recently opened exhibition of Hyman’s work called Beyond Ground Zero: 9/11 and the American Landscape.
Listen to the artist recount his memories of taking this photo and explain the story behind this mural.
By Jenny Pachucki, Content Strategist