After September 11, 2001, the false became true at Las Vegas Blvd and Tropicana.
At New York-New York, near the base of the 150-foot replica Statue of Liberty that fronts the imagined skyline of Manhattan, locals and tourists began to tie t-shirts on the sidewalk rail. The leave behinds marked 9/11 and the swell of messages became a gradual public happening.
That was the real power of this humble shrine. It wasn’t just about t-shirts and caps from fire and police departments all over the U.S., but how people made a New York landmark, reproduction or not, a site-specific memorial.
Then in partnership with UNLV, New York-New York converted the corner into a permanent display in 2003. Many tourists would stop for a moment to take a photo and not consider it an oddity. In July 2013, casino expansion began and the 9/11 memorial was taken away. UNLV are the caretakers of the memorabilia left on a corner that refused to forget.
"Temple of the Artifacts" 2018
Screen printed cardboard. Sculpture representing Bunko wall of boxes for future relics.
MFA Midway Exhibition
March 23. 6pm
Donna Beam Gallery