Brooklyn based artist Fynnegan Sloyan started a memorial project for the World Trade Center yesterday called WTCoutline. The idea is simple, help people visualize where the towers used to be, as part of the skyline. The artist will be on location at the Fulton Ferry Landing in Brooklyn, handing out the transparencies and talking people up, but you can also print your own and go down there anytime.
The documentation of where something 'used to be' is a big part of annotated space, a part of feeling familiar, or at home with an area. WTCoutline seems to offer us a 'lent familiarity' with NYC, a 'pseu-venir' if you will.
I'm also interested in the kinds of conversations that will emerge from this. Who will Fynnegan actually engage with down at the Pier? How will they take his piece, is it perhaps a bit too articulate for a memorial piece, a bit too much like a chalk outline? We'll see. I'll make sure to post an update at the end of the month.
It also makes sense to take a minute to remember where you were on 9/11/2001, and add something (story, photo, video) to Ed Shepp's collective map: "Where I was when 9/11 Happened".