Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2016.88.231
Dimensions: 12 in X 12 in
Dimensions (Metric): 30.48 cm X 30.48 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Nilda Mesa and the Unity Canvas artists, in honor of the 9/11 victims, families, first responders, and all who seek peace
Painting on canvas created by Helen Lurye of Brooklyn, New York. The painting is part of the Unity Canvas project and depicts a landscape scene with rich bold colors and two hands in a starry sky with a teal sea and orange beach. A monarch butterfly is perched on the tip of a finger of one of the hands.
New York City artist Nilda Mesa organized the Unity Canvas as a collective response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. While shaken by 9/11, Mesa felt it was important to give fellow artists an opportunity to express their reactions to the tragedy. She issued a call for canvases, each measuring 12 inches by 12 inches, to become part of an art installation. After receiving around 300 pieces, she assembled them into the Unity Canvas, which was displayed in Brooklyn on the first anniversary of 9/11.