Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2016.88.5
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 Donna Levinstone of New York, New York. The painting is part of the Unity Canvas project and depicts a dark and smoky sky with a brush of light bursting through and outlining the shapes of buildings. The piece is signed on the bottom and titled Memories Up in Smoke.
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.