Photo credit: © Drunell Levinson. All rights reserved.
Accession Number: C.2007.8.22
Dimensions: 39 ½ in X 69 ¾ in X 1/4 in
Dimensions (Metric): 99.06 cm X 175.26 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Drunell Levinson and of the contributors to the September 11 Quilts Memorial Exhibition
Heroes and Victims
Quilt titled Heroes and Victims created by Anne-Marie Tye and made with fabric, batting, thread, and paint. The quilt consists of five painted images reproduced from iconic images of the event: Thomas Franklin's "Raising the Flag at Ground Zero," the image of the fireball caused by Flight 175 impacting the South Tower, a person falling, the dust cloud over lower Manhattan, and the Tribute in Lights.
Inspired by the AIDS Memorial Quilt, New York City–based arts educator Drunell Levinson conceived a September 11 Quilts Memorial that would bring together the work of artists from around the world. Drawing upon her academic research into mourning customs and her expertise as a quilter and fabric artist, Levinson issued a call for quilts on a website she created for the project. She offered thematic guidelines and requested a uniform size but left the choice of material, style, and subject to each quilter. Within the first year after 9/11, she had received 94 quilts. Over the next two years, the quilts—many using the Twin Towers as a focal point—were displayed throughout the United States and in Japan.