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On September 11, 2001, New York City was shaken to its core when two jet airliners crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. In the wake of the chaos, New York based Irish photographer Nicola McClean responded in the only way she knew how; she picked up her camera and took to the streets to try and capture the confusion and panic that surrounded her.
During that time Nicola McClean took thousands of photographs near Ground Zero and the surrounding neighborhoods, working to capture the chaos engulfing the city, as well as the work of emergency workers, police officers, firefighters, and others. Nicola has created an exhibition calledGround Zero 360, to honor the victims and their families,and to never forget the sacrifice of so many on that terrible day.
In 2011, Nicola brought her stunning collection of images to the public for the first time. The spectator will be able to discover, through Nicola’s images, the startling aftermath of one of the most tragic events in American history – seeing what she saw, hearing the stories she heard and meeting the people she met, particularly the heroic men and women of the New York City Emergency Services.
Through harrowing visuals, heartbreaking “missing posters” and a unique panoramic installation, Ground Zero 360 invites you to step into the past and feel what eight million New Yorkers were feeling in the days that followed the attacks. Visitors will also be able to hear the city’s previously unreleased emergency radio calls from that morning, and touch a fragment of twisted steel I-beam and broken granite from the World Trade Center.
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Also on view will be personal artifacts lent by families of police officers and firefighters who lost their lives at the World Trade Center, as well as crosses cut from the steel by ironworkers and a flag that flew over Ground Zero. World renowned Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick, has also created a stunning 12 painting tribute to the victims titled “Lament for the Fallen”, which travels with the exhibition.
September 11th was a defining moment for all of us. The City of New York continues to evolve and change, but the memory of those extraordinary days and weeks will always remain with us. Ground Zero 360 allows the onlooker to experience the enduring events of September 11th and celebrate the tremendous courage and dignity of a nation under fire.
• Photographic images of Ground Zero, including a unique 360 degree panoramic view of the site, taken by Nicola McClean
• A bronze “Survivor Tree”, sculpted by Nicola McClean, dedicated to the 9-11 victims and their surviving families.
• A “Wall of the Missing” featuring many missing person posters of the victims.
• Twisted steel I-beam from the World Trade Center
• Broken granite from the North Tower of the World Trade Center
• An American Flag flown over Ground Zero and later flown atop the NYPD 13th Precinct
• Light Boxes featuring “Messages in the Dust” from September 11th, 2001
• Crosses cut from the steel by ironworkers
This exhibition has the support of the National 9-11 Memorial and Museum, and has the support of The 9-11 Families (911families.org).
The families of the following heroes have generously donated artifacts and personal items to the exhibition:
• Police Officer Moira Smith
• Police Officer Brian McDonnell
• Fire Lieutenant Paul Mitchell
• Firefighter Kevin O’Rourke
• Firefighter Jonathan Ielpi
• Firefighter Michael Lynch
• Firefighter Alan Feinberg
• Firefighter David Weiss
• Firefighter Stephen Belsen