A Look at the Museum’s Memorial Hall

Artist Spencer Finch’s art installation “Trying to Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning” is seen illuminated at the 9/11 Memorial. It features Virgil quote “No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”
Each of the 2,983 watercolor squares in Spencer Finch's mosaic represents a victim of the 2001 or 1993 attacks. (Photo: Jin Lee)

“No Day Shall Erase You From the Memory of Time.”

This quote from Book IX of "The Aeneid" by the Roman poet Virgil suggests the transformative potential of remembrance and is indicative of the museum’s mission to honor and remember the victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. Each letter was forged from pieces of recovered World Trade Center steel by New Mexico artist Tom Joyce.

These words are part of a larger art installation in the 9/11 Memorial Museum created in 2014 by artist Spencer Finch, titled “Trying to Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning.” The installation is the focal point for Memorial Hall, the area between the two main exhibitions at bedrock in the museum.

Every one of the 2,983 watercolor squares is its own shade of blue – one for each of the 2001 and 1993 attack victims – and the artwork as a whole revolves around the idea of memory. Our own perception of the color blue might not be the same as that of another person. But, just like our perception of color, our memories share a common point of reference.

By Jordan Friedman, 9/11 Memorial Research and Digital Projects Associate

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