Banner sitting

July 10, 2005

July 7 brought news about the terrorist attacks in London. July 8 brought an opportunity to send a message of support to the people of London. In response to the bombings, Art Aid decided to create a banner and have people sign it with messages of solidarity and sympathy. They asked for help with the project.

“What is needed: several volunteers to take shifts throughout the day Saturday and Sunday to watch the banner, make sure it is not taken, and to explain to people (it will be obvious) … I may be pushing it, but I want to have a piece designed, printed, installed at Ground Zero over the weekend, and shipped to London on Monday. I think time is of the essence.”

Four banners (one for each bomb) were produced and hung for signing at the site of the World Trade Center and I spent some time as a banner sitter.

Banner Posted by Picasa

Reaching up Posted by Picasa

Tough Guys Posted by Picasa

Red, white and blue Posted by Picasa

Visiting from the Dominican Republic Posted by Picasa

Close to the bottom Posted by Picasa

Searching for the right words Posted by Picasa

Teaching the next generation Posted by Picasa

Fillling up Posted by Picasa

Visiting from Birmingham, England Posted by Picasa

Before locating the banner, I spoke to the Port Authority Police (who gave me a bottle of cold water) and entered St. Paul’s Church.

I was relieved from my post by representative of the September 11th Families’ Association. After banner sitting for hours in the blazing sun, I cooled down with a tall cup of cold coffee and, thanks to a sympathic clerk at Century 21, a generous slathering of after-sun lotion.

  • ArtAID: Art in Service of Humanity
  • Port Authority Police
  • Poland Spring Water
  • Saint Paul’s Chapel
  • September 11th Families’ Association
  • Starbucks
  • Clarins After Sun Moisturizer
  • Century 21 Department Store

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