Steel Fragment, Recovered
Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2011.179.138
Dimensions: 312 in X 31.5 in X 17.25 in
Dimensions (Metric): 792.48 cm X 80.01 cm X 43.815 cm
Credit Line: Recovered from the World Trade Center site after September 11, 2001
Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum, Courtesy of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Recovered steel beam fragment with steel studs welded to the top. There are perpendicular beam connection plates bolted to the web. Symbols, including crosses and the Star of David, have been cut out of the beam leaving negative space.
During their breaks, some ironworkers cut symbols and shapes out of discarded steel to give as mementos and tokens of comfort to other workers and victims’ relatives.