Photo credit: © Drunell Levinson. All rights reserved.
Accession Number: C.2007.8.81
Dimensions: 35.75 in X 35.75 in X 0.25 in
Dimensions (Metric): 90.805 cm X 90.805 cm X 0.635 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Drunell Levinson and of the contributors to the September 11 Quilts Memorial Exhibition
Twin Towers ("Connais-tu le pays?")
Quilt titled Twin Towers ("Connais-tu le pays?") created by Linda Krause and made with fabric, batting, thread, and sequins. This quilt depicts the Twin Towers within a skyline. The sky is pink, orange, and yellow, with appliquéd abstract shapes. A variety of blue fabrics resembling water are at the bottom. The French words "Connais-tu le pays?" are embroidered on a banner.
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.