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Witness/Downtown Rising is an exhibit of paintings by Todd Stone that documents the destruction and reconstruction of Lower Manhattan skyline.


Witness/Downtown Rising is an exhibition of New York artist Todd Stone’s watercolors and oil paintings of Lower Manhattan to coincide with the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11/01 attack. The series documents the evolution of the downtown skyline over the past decade. The artist is partnering with Silverstein Properties to exhibit the paintings on the 48th floor of Seven World Trade Center, from July 27 through September 12, 2011. The venue of the exhibition offers panoramic views of Manhattan and presents a unique perspective over-looking the Memorial fountains and World Trade Center reconstruction.   Witness/ Downtown Rising reflects the emotional journey that our community has taken as the city rebuilds in the wake of 9/11 attack. The goal of the project is to create a space for viewers to contemplate the impact of the attack on the city and how far we have traveled, since that day. The exhibition will provide a unique opportunity for people to remember and look forward at this special place and time.    Witness brings to bear the artists’ thirty-year painting practice on what he saw from his home and workplace on 9/11/01. The twenty watercolors depict the succession of events of the day and its aftermath.  Downtown Rising is a series of paintings chronicling the changes in the Downtown streetscape and skyline with a particular focus on the rebuilding of Seven World Trade Center. The most recent paintings depict the view from the 48th floor of Seven World Trade Center looking Downtown over the Memorial site construction. The paintings foster a dialogue about how the external face of a city’s skyline reflects its peoples shared inner life.   Through this exhibition, we look to identify and create an audience of survivor families, construction workers, downtown community members and art lovers. We plan to create a website and social media outreach program. An essay by Jan Ramirez, Chief Curator of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, will introduce an illustrated catalogue of the paintings to accompany the exhibition to be sold at the Memorial Museum Preview Center.   We are also looking for a second public venue in downtown Manhattan for this fall, where we will exhibit Downtown Rising with the work of three other artists who have been hosted by the Silverstein Properties at 7 WTC on the 48th floor. That part of the project, at this point, is less concrete than the first exhibit.

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