Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2011.1409.1
Dimensions: 21 in X 12 ½ in
Dimensions (Metric): 53.34 cm X 30.48 cm
Credit Line: Gift of the artist, Hilary North
Artist's print by Hilary North titled "Why Am I Alive?" and depicting image transfers of three portrait photographs of missing colleagues, Ground Zero, a man assisting an injured woman, and an image of a winged figure holding a light or torch. At the top of the shet of paper is printed "On 78 When the Plane Hit." "Why Am I Alive?" is printed at the bottom.
Many 9/11 survivors questioned their fate. For those who had traded work hours with colleagues or failed to convince coworkers to evacuate, the aftermath of 9/11 was especially difficult. Some survivors, including Hilary North, who witnessed the collapse of the South Tower while running late to work at Aon Corporation, turned to creative expression to work through what had happened.