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Paintings by Todd Stone 2001-2011
48th floor, 7 World Trade Center

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Witness/Downtown Rising is an exhibition of sixty Todd Stone watercolors and oil paintings of Lower Manhattan from 2001-2011. The series documents the evolution of the downtown skyline over the past decade.

This work was exhibited on the 48th floor of Seven World Trade Center, from July 27 - December 31, 2011. The venue of the recent exhibition offers panoramic views of Manhattan and a unique perspective over-looking the Memorial fountains and World Trade Center reconstruction. The artist had been painting on the 48th floor as a guest of Silverstein Properties, who hosted the event.

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 was 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 provided a unique opportunity for people to remember and look forward at this special place and time.

“My Tribeca painting studio borders the World Trade Center site and this work documents the changing Lower Manhattan skyline over the last ten years. I witnessed the September 11th attack from my studio window and drew and painted throughout the day on my rooftop until I was evacuated.

Witness brings forth my thirty-year painting practice on what I saw from my home and workplace. 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. “ says Stone.



Witness/Downtown Rising is a fiscally sponsored project by The New York Foundation for the Arts.

Essays by Jan S. Ramirez Chief Curator of the National September 11 Memorial Museum and Nancy Princenthal are in the catalogue. The catalogue is available for purchase at the Visitor Center at the National 9/11 Memorial and at ToddStone.com.


For information on booking the exhibit contact the Studio of Todd Stone.

 

 
   


 

 
   

 

 
       
   

 

 
       

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