Accession Number: C.2016.68.1
Dimensions: 492 in X 120 in
Dimensions (Metric): 1249.68 cm X 304.8 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Fiduciary Trust Company International, a member of Franklin Templeton Investments
Oil on canvas painting by Daniel Kohn titled Looking South. The painting is composed of four large panels depicting the southern view of lower Manhattan and New York Harbor as seen from inside the South Tower. The tip of lower Manhattan, including Battery Park, is depicted in the bottom panel. New York Harbor and outer Brooklyn and Staten Island are depicted in the second panel from the bottom. A bright blue and cloud-filled sky occupy the top two panels.
Looking South depicts the panoramic vista of New York Harbor and the tip of Manhattan as seen from the South Tower, where Fiduciary Trust Company International had its headquarters on floors 90 and 94–97 before 9/11. The company lost 89 employees along with seven contractors and visitors as a result of the attacks. When it relocated to offices in Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan, Fiduciary Trust wanted to connect its present with its past and place memory at the heart of the organization. The company commissioned artist Daniel Kohn to create a painting for a four-story-tall central stairwell in its new location. His monumental work Looking South remembers not only a view but also the people who once shared it.