Photo credit: Brenda Berkman
Accession Number: C.2016.198.19
Dimensions: 11.5 in X 15.5 in
Dimensions (Metric): 29.21 cm X 39.37 cm
Credit Line: Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum
Working the Tower
Lithograph print titled Working the Tower, created by Brenda Berkman (b. 1951). The print depicts a black female union worker gripping a steel beam and signing her name during the completion of the One World Trade Center building construction. Five smaller images compose the bottom of the print, all of which depict the woman using the tools of her trade. The print is signed.
This print is part of a series titled 36 Views of One World Trade Center, created by 9/11 first responder and FDNY member Brenda Berkman as she documented the construction of the new One World Trade Center, designed by architect David Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. For Berkman, printmaking became a path through the trauma she had experienced on 9/11 and in the subsequent months that she spent at Ground Zero. Through her observations, Berkman was impressed by the craftmanship and spirit of the thousands of skilled hands contributing to the construction of the tower; she often included some “everyday working people” in her prints to honor their contribution.