‘memory cards’ exchanged nationally as collective remembrance

Thanks to ALL of our ambassadors for sharing the cards and initiating moments of remembrance! ‘memory cards’ are lighting a collective memorial nationwide. Do feel free to scroll through the blog to see the photos coming in from New York City, Asheville, Black Mountain, Charleston, Greenville, Washington D.C… and on the way San Francisco, Venice, Portland, Kansas, Texas, Boston and Tucson! Did I miss something?

The cards prompt and assemble a conversation about the memory of lost lives and changed skyline during the events of September 11, 2001. With each exchange of the card, a moment of remembrance is initiated and prompts a dispersed, collective conversation about the memory of loved ones lost or affected by the events of 9/11.

If your state is not represented and you want to participate, let us know. We will mail you a small and powerful package. send us a note

For more details about dispersed memorial, visit our dispersed memorial website.

memory cards are lighting a nationwide constellation of remembrance

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Beautiful!! “memory cards” are lighting a nationwide constellation when held up to the light! New York City, Asheville, Black Mountain, Charleston, Greenville… now off to Washington D.C., San Francisco and Portland! And in Texas a new fresh stash is being printed!! Then off to Boston and Tucson. Thanks to ALL of our ambassadors for sharing the cards and initiating moments of remembrance!

Let us know if you want to be an ambassador and disperse a memory, a light. If you would like to share 10 cards with 10 people and photograph them beautifully in one of the not yet represented states, send us a note

For more details about dispersed memorial, visit our dispersed memorial website.

Hello world!

On September 11, 2010 fieldoffice launched an effort that will acknowledge lives lost during the tragedy of September 11, 2001 as well as reconstruct as many views of the city’s lost skyline. Thousands of glass plates, inscribed with a written dedication to a 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. Our goal is to construct two conversing collective memorials, a virtual database of stories and images and the physical dispersed installation in the city, with two important deadlines at the 10th and 11th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

The organization of this memorial marks and celebrates the ephemeral and impromptu nature in which people lit candles simultaneously in the days following the events that took these lives, intersecting the everyday activities of the city as an organizational pattern that engages daily life. It also gives each victim’s family the opportunity to choose a specific location in the city to honor their loved one. In the surrounding urban landscape, families, city residents and visitors can engage with the seemingly infinite memorials that populate spaces of the city. Every night, the glass plates will light up one by one in a constellation-like choreography. Like lanterns lit from within, the plates will illuminate the inscriptions, cityscape, biographies, poems, and names that honors each victim, transforming into luminous, delicate, yet determined lines, filing the city in celebration and remembrance. As individual memorials on the urban landscape during the day and a constellation of lights on the city’s fabric at night, the plates institute a dispersed memorial. Another memorial emerges electronically, referencing each memorial’s location in the city and it is there where dedications and images are exchanged and mapped. With these two conversing memorials, physical and virtual the twining of the towers is re-instituted as one memorial – dispersed and centralized, individual and collective, ephemeral yet permanent, lost yet ever more present.