One year

One year ago, on 1/11/11, we announced dispersed memorial, phase II to the world, nine months prior to the 10th year anniversary of the 9/11 events. We embarked on preparations, team expanding, logistics… working on the steps towards realizing the original ‘dispersed memorial’ proposal. We want to create moments of remembrance in as many places in the city as there were victims, while also reconstructing the lost views of New York City’s skyline (for more on this, visit our dispersed memorial website). In the process, what was the ‘project card’ prompted exchanges which began to happen on all corners of our nation. As the cards were held up to the light, ‘dispersed memorial’ was revealed, and stories about that day were shared. We are touched that there was a story shared with each exchange.  Moments of remembrance have, and are still occurring across our nation.  Thanks to Dan for compiling these images! thanks to all of you who have initiated moments of remebrance. Let us know, if you would like a set of ‘memory cards’ to share, and disperse (find out how to participate).

In a few hours it will be the one year anniversary since we announced Dispersed Memorial phase II to the world and when we began expanding our team and growing collectively with ambassadors dispersing cards and exchanging memories nationally. After the virtual and physical exhibit/memorial on 9/11/11 and a little rest, we are resuming activity on our blog as the ‘memory cards’ continue to come in.  We start this new cycle with photos from Texas. Thanks Dustin White!

Asheville memorial extended through the weekend

photo by Ben Mason, Jennifer MacDonald of Luminous Scope

photo by Ben Mason, memory cards

photo by Ben Mason, memory cards

photo by Ben Mason, Micah Mackenzie Photographer and Timothy Sadler

photo by Ben Mason, Martha Skinner with Laura Jensen of Bone Orchard Theater Company and Bavarian Pretzels.

photo by Ben Mason

photo by Jess McCuan, Verve Asheville

photo by Martha Skinner, 10^10

photo by Martha Skinner, 10^10

The memorial has been extended through the weekend. Come, reflect and share. Here are some recent photos of the Asheville community and the dispersed memorial at 5 Walnut. Thanks Ben Mason for taking most of these. Thanks 5 Walnut Wine Bar and Gallery for hosting this memorial.

snap shots of 9/11 exhibit and remembrance in Asheville

photo by Parris Benight

photo by M. Skinner

photo by M. Skinner

photo by M. Skinner

photo by M. Skinner

photo by M. Skinner

photo by M. Skinner

photo by M. Skinner

photo by Vanessa Bell

photo by Parris Benight

‘memory cards’ which are being exchanged nationally prompt and assemble a conversation about the memory of lost lives and changed skyline during the events of September 11, 2001. At the exhibit this emerging collective memorial was unveiled also as an interactive exhibit in which visitors may also contribute. The concept for a later phase of the project is also on display. Thousands of glass plates, inscribed with a written dedication to each victim and an outline of the missing skyline, will populate New York City from anywhere in the city that the towers would have been visible. The project will be assembled online through the thousands of contributions from victims’ loved ones and residents or visitors of New York City.

The exhibit opened on September 11 at 5 Walnut in Asheville and will be on display for 11 days, until the 22nd. You are invited to stop by and reflect and add to the memorial with your own inspiration.

special thanks from the dispersed memorial team

Doug Hecker, Daniel Hutcherson, Martha Skinner, Lauren Mitchell

Thanks so much to all of you who made it to the exhibition/ remembrance at 5 walnut last night. It was beautiful! Photos will be posted later. Thanks also to all who contributed.


Wanda dye – Dallas, Texas / Dustin White – Texas / Catalina Gomez- Washington / Thea Lobo –  Boston, Tucson, New York/ Lance Lobo – Miami / Sarah Farwell – New York / Theresa Roach – Kansas / German Osorio – Tucson / Jonathan Jimenez – Kissimmee / Erik Stange – Amsterdam /Tien Eek Ng – Melburne, Australia / Wanda Dye – Dallas / Jule Tsai – San Francisco / Alan Yarborough – Clemson / Erin Cotter – Candler, NC / Kathy Stumpf – Asheville / Amy Mosquera – all over / Mary Koppenheffer /  Michael Silverman / Charles deVries / Gretchen Bailey – Tacoma, Washington / Halimeda Knight, Portland – Oregon / Virginia Black – Ann Arbor, Michigan / Sean McDonald – Venice, California / Fred Bryant – Bay View, Ohio / Shai Yesh – Carbondale, Illinois

“memory cards’ participants

Thea Lobo / unnamed woman travelling to NYC / Kaye Richardson / Pat Bjorhovde / Andres Felipe Avila / Jason Sandford / Parrish Benight / Christopher Whyrick / Corey Call / Robert Atkins / Lauren Mitchell / Mark Rosenstein / Martha Skinner / Macky Bah / Graham Hackett / Brooke Priddy / Ryan Conrad / Lance Lobo / Gabriel Shaffer / Juan Camilo Reyes / Santos GlocalSoul / Tyler Housholder / Magick Sean / Tara Meadows / Jess McCuan / Sarah Nie / Erica Bell / Jennifer Pickering / Sarah Southerland / Amy L. Neill / Timothy Jedele / Moto Lapin / G. Craig Hobbs / Jennifer MacDonald / Vanessa Bell / Leslie Klingner / Randy Shull / Cleaster Cotton / Molly Kummerle / Tammy Horn / Lynne Harty / Doug Hecker / Craig McAnsh / Nicole McConville / Sophia Hecker-Skinner  Jennifer Emerzian Snapp / Brian Miele / Marc Leverant / Kenny Snapp / Christina Breuer / Edward Perry / Mathieu Maisonneuve / Amélie Malissard / Derek Zachary Brown / Catalina Gomez / Anne Whitmire / Kathleen McMillian / Susan Hutcherson / Tim Hutcherson / Shannon Pruitt / Samuel Pruitt / Adam Hutcherson / Stephen Risse / Sharon Leppard / Michael Tilton / Anonymous stranger in the airplane / waitress / Matt McKillip / Anne Arntson / Lois Randal / Carmen Navarro

Exhibit Assistance

Vanessa Bell / SisterJ SpiritVoice / Jennifer MacDonald / Lynne Harty

Other Thanks

Tracey Schmidt Photography, Henco Reprographics, 5 Walnut Wine Bar

a reminder to our ambassadors – upload your photos today

Thanks again for joining us in this collective memorial. We want to remind you that we want to get as many photos up before 9/11.  They will exist on our virtual memorial but we are also printing them for a physical exhibit in Asheville in North Carolina on Sunday. Please upload what you can today if you want your photo to be part of the exhibit opening and this date of remembrance on 9/11’s 10th year anniversary. The photos can continue to be uploaded after that as the memorial will continue to grow.

The uploading process is easy. Also, it is important if you join our dispersed memorial group on Panoramio as it will help us grow and get an official URL for the group. Here is the breakdown.

At the dispersed memorial site:

1) CLICK to join panoramio,  2) UPLOAD photos to your account, 3) MAP photos by geotagging them at the location where they were taken, 4) TITLE with the name of the person you shared the card with or with your name if there was no exchange, 5) CAPTION with a brief note about remembrance, 6) JOIN the dispersed memorial group * important, this will help us grow and get an official URL for the group, 7) CLICK to add photos to the dispersed memorial group

Go directly to Google Panoramio to sign in with your Gmail account

Thanks so much for contributing. The memorial exists because of each of YOU. – Martha