Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Iridescent Lightning

Trouble on the 33rd street Path line, switched the train to WTC. I happened to get off the train and take the elevator. I don’t usually take the PATH elevators, but I saw it open and only one other person so why not. When I got to the next level it was in a slightly different spot than usual and noticed this mural thing for the first time. I liked the title, Iridescent Lightning. Apparently it was a gift from the people of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, a region of Italy, made at the Friuli Mosaic School in Spilimbergo. It was a gesture from these folks, in solidarity after 9-11, and also thanks—apparently New York helped the town when it endured a severe earth quake. The artists made the mural to fit the wall—more than 30 worked on it, which was shipped in 56 segments to New York. According to the artists, "Saetta Iridescentea – Iridescent Lightning expresses creation, abstractly depicting as a lightning bolt the moment when the fingers of Adam and God touch. I like the name, but looks like lines on graph to me. It was a nice gesture though. It decorates a temporary wall but if the memorial is ever completed, it will find a home there, according to at least one website. This lightning has been striking here for a few years now, but never in a place I passed. I could use a few more detours like this one.

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