Steel Fragment, Recovered
Accession Number: C.2011.179.3
Dimensions: 68 in X 55 in X 366 in
Dimensions (Metric): 172.72 cm X 139.7 cm X 929.64 cm
Credit Line: Recovered from the World Trade Center site after September 11, 2001
Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum, Courtesy of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Recovered steel box column fragment with the welding split in three areas, causing the steel to fold over onto itself.
This column once stood in the core of the South Tower, probably between floors 30 and 33. During the tower’s collapse, extreme stresses caused this multi-ton piece of steel to fold over onto itself. Three of the four welds that held the column together split open.
In the museum, visitors are invited to touch this column and sign the interactive screens.