Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2016.88.240
Dimensions: 12.5 in X 12.5 in
Dimensions (Metric): 31.75 cm X 31.75 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
Embroidery on textile created by Patricia Dahlman of Lyndhurst, New Jersey. The textile is part of the Unity Canvas project and depicts the Twin Towers against a blue sky. Black smoke with orange flames covers the tops of the towers. A broken red heart with blood droplets is at the top. Embroidered text reads: "For the victims of the WTC attack | My heart cries out for you." The piece is "signed" in the lower right corner.
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.