Accession Number: C.2008.878.6
Dimensions: 7 ¾ in X 2 ⅝ in
Dimensions (Metric): 17.78 cm X 5.08 cm
Credit Line: Gift of MST I Diane R. Semmling, US Coast Guard Reserve
16-ounce plastic Tropicana orange juice bottle filled with fine gray dust. Handwritten text on its label reads: "WTC ash 9/17/01."
Immediately after the collapse of the Twin Towers, layers of thick gray dust and ash coated streets, vehicles, windows, and the interiors of homes and offices throughout lower Manhattan. The dust was a presence for months. Some people collected dust in an impulse to preserve and document what they experienced.