At the start of this year, a spiritual resource of hope and solidarity was returned to the NYC Greenwich Village community. The 9/11 Tribute Center created an exhibit, Tiles of Tribute and Remembrance, a few blocks from where the original memorial stood, outside St. Vincent’s Hospital. Located in the lobby of the Jefferson Market Library, the tiles have been installed in a public display.
The original tile project was created by Lorrie Veasey at her studio, Our Name Is Mud. Over the years, hundreds of tiles from around the world were added, creating a 9/11 memorial of tribute and healing for this community. The tiles remained on the fence until the autumn of 2012.
City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn commented, “These tiles, both symbolically and visually beautiful, serve as a memorial to those who perished on 9/11, and are a tribute to the compassion and strength of our city. This exhibit is an important historical record to this community and to the city as a whole. We will continue to ensure that these pieces of art are preserved and cherished for years to come.”
Lee Ielpi, President of the September 11th Families’ Association, added, “this beautiful memorial created from tiles made by people from all over the world both inspired and brought comfort to the community of Greenwich Village.”
Tony Marx, President of the New York Public Library, added “the library is honored to display these treasured expressions of hope and support, which for so long have served as heartfelt tributes to those lost and injured on 9/11.”
The mission of the 9/11 Tribute Center is to gather and share the personal stories of the impact that the attacks of September 11th had on New York City, and to remember the tragedy as well as the healing power of people helping each other.