Accession Number: C.2012.30.4
Dimensions: 4.25 in X 3.125 in X 1.875 in
Dimensions (Metric): 10.795 cm X 7.9375 cm X 4.7625 cm
Credit Line: Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum
Souvenir gold-colored desk clock depicting the Twin Towers and adjacent buildings. The watch face is embedded in the base.
Soon after it was built, the World Trade Center, and specifically the Twin Towers, took on iconic status. Although initially criticized for their architecture of "gigantism," the two soaring towers soon became a landmark, looming large in the public imagination as an icon of New York City’s audacity and vitality. They were seen as a symbol of America itself—a place of possibilities and dreams that defied limitation.
The Twin Towers, one of New York City’s most photographed landmarks, were used in marketing, featured on postcards and souvenirs, and appeared in movies and television.