Sunday, February 27, 2005

Afterimage

What was it about The Gates that kept making Smartmom think about 9/11?

The color for one thing. Christo and Jeanne Claude's choice of hue was both an acknowledgement and a joyful defiance of the city's perpetual orange alert.

One of Smartmom's friends said the plastic orange structures reminded her of the twin towers. And the way everyone kept looking looking up at the fabric recalled those terrible days in September when every one was looking up at the sky.

Someone else said that when The Gates go away, it will be like life after September 11th. the way we still see the twin towers in their absence; ghost images in the skyline of what once was and will always be.

The Gates united our city in much the same way that 9/11 did. But this time we were weren't joined in grief, fear and confusion. The Gates were about joy, about the meaning of art, about being alive.

It was a carefree walk in the park. And for that The Gates were worth every penny Christo and Jeanne-Claude spent on them.

3 Comments:

At 5:50 PM, Blogger Jhhl said...

After the gates are gone, people will be walking around seeing purple after-images!

 
At 6:23 PM, Blogger mamainwaiting said...

I thought about 9/11 when I first saw the Gates too. You put the nail on the head when you said, we were all joined in Joy instead of grief. That's exactly the feeling I had. Thanks for putting it into beautiful words.

 
At 9:41 AM, Blogger misplacedpom said...

This was something that never occurred to me, but you are right. I wasn't in New York on 9/11, I was in Oregon, so in a very big way I can't connect to what happened with the same kind of clarity as people who were. What you wrote was beautiful and gives another level of meaning to something I merely enjoyed for the spectacle.

 

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