Yesterday was the tenth anniversary of 9/11. You won’t thank me for telling you that as by now you’ll have seen enough commemorative material to last until the next tenth anniversary.
For me, 9/11 still manages to shock and move me like it did ten years ago. The visceral power of the images and emotion of the stories of that fateful day has not been lost over the past decade. The pain is still raw in New York and this translates across the Atlantic quite readily – I’ve been searching for a suitable post to mark the anniversary and I think I’ve found it.
Pentagram are a world-famous design company and they produce specially printed materials to promote themselves and these are always pretty special. Here’s what they created to commemorate the tenth 9/11 anniversary, it’s stunning.
Starting in 1978, Judith Turner began photographing the twin towers of the recently completed World Trade Center.
Turner, whose iconic images helped to establish the reputations of the generation of postwar modernist architects that included Richard Meier, Charles Gwathmey and Peter Eisenman, was taken with the structural simplicity and abstract beauty of architect Minoru Yamasaki’s masterwork. Turner returned to the World Trade Center repeatedly over the next decade, conducting a personal project to document the towers’ elemental forms against the sky and in the surface reflections of surrounding buildings.
To mark the tenth anniversary of the destruction of the World Trade Center, 23 of these images have been published for the first time in Pentagram Papers 41: WTC. The suite of images is accompanied by a preface by legendary tightrope artist Philippe Petit. (On August 7, 1974, Petit walked a high wire illegally stretched between the twin towers, a feat chronicled in his book To Reach the Clouds, the basis of the 2008 Academy Award-winning documentary Man on Wire, as well as an upcoming feature film, The Walk.)
The Pentagram Papers series has been privately published since 1974 for the firm’s friends and colleagues. For this special edition, a limited number of copies are available for $20 each, with all proceeds to be donated to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Footnote: Although I visited New York a couple of times before 9/11, I never went up WTC. Both times I went, work colleagues implored me to do it ‘because we live her and never have the time’. Both times I ran out of time and never went to the top. I visited New York a few weeks after 9/11 and surveying the hole in the ground that was Ground Zero, wished I’d found the time to go to the top of the magnificent towers.