Artwork in the World Trade Center

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Paintings in the World Trade Center

The new World Trade Center complex features public art by a variety of artists.[1]

One World Trade Center[edit]


Asher Edelman and his New York gallery, Edelman Arts, were chosen to curate the art of the new One World Trade Center building. The team decided all public art of the building should be abstract and focus on themes of unity. None of the art commissioned for One World Trade Center made any mention of the 2001 attacks, and instead focused on moving forward. Five artists, all Americans, were selected to create works for the new Skyscraper. Two paintings by the late American artist Fritz Bultman were also chosen to hang on the walls of the lobby.[2]

ONE: Union of the Senses (2014) by José Parlá[edit]

The lobby is dominated by José Parlá's 90ft by 15 ft mural ONE: Union of the Senses, which is thought to be the largest painting in New York City. Parla, who had previously painted large scale murals in Barclays Center and Brooklyn Academy of Music utilized his trademark technique of blending elements of street art and calligraphy. The mural is noted for its use of bright colors, which according to Parlá represent the diversity of people in New York City.[2][3]

Lenape (2015) and Unami (2015) by Donald Martiny[edit]

Unami by Donald Matriny

The lobby also contains two paintings, Lenape and Unami by Donald Martiny. The two works were the largest Martiny had ever created, and had to be completed on-site as they were too large to have fit through the building's door. Martiny spent two months working on the paintings in the lobby of the world trade center.[4] About the process, Martiny said “Up to this point no one had ever seen me paint, I always paint alone. The Trade Center gets 25,000 visitors every day. That took a bit of getting used to.”[5]

Both works give the appearance of being giant paint brushstrokes, but were created by Martiny completely by hand without the use of a paintbrush, knife, or any other painting tool.[6]

Lenape was named after Lenape people, an indigenous tribe that once occupied the land that is now modern-day New York City. Unami was named after the Unami language, an extinct language spoken by the Lenape people.[6]

One World Trade Center Series (2014) by Greg Goldberg[edit]

Seven oil on canvas paintings by artist Greg Goldberg are displayed in the 64th floor sky lobby. Each painting is five and a half by six feet, and was completed by Goldberg in his Connecticut studio. The paintings feature a wavy abstract colors.[7][8]

Prana by Bryan Hunt[edit]

Bryan Hunt created the only public sculpture commissioned for the skyscraper. Prana, which means "life force" in Sanskrit, measures 13 feet by 5 feet and is on display in the east side of the 64th floor sky lobby.[1] The sculpture is inspired by airships, Hunt saying "I just wanted something kind of weightless and gravity free."[9]

Gravity of Nightfall and Blue Triptych-Intrusion Into the Blue (1961) by Fritz Bultman[edit]

Abstract artist Fritz Bultman was the only deceased artist whose art was chosen for the World Trade Center Complex; all other works were commissioned and created specifically for the World Trade Center. Bultman, who died in 1983, was a member of a group of artists nicknamed The Irascibles along with Willem de Kooning Mark Rothko, and Jackson Pollock. The paintings are on display in the North Lobby of the building.[1]

Randomly Placed Exact Percentages and Isotropic by Doug Argue[edit]

The paintings by Minnesota artist Doug Argue are hung in the front of the lobby. Both works incorporate Argue's style of blending elements of math and science into his paintings.[10]

4 World Trade Center[edit]

The new 4 World Trade Center was developed by Silverstein Properties, who appointed Robert Marcucci art consultant. Marcucci, along with the company's chief marketing officer Dara McQuillan, put forward the idea to create an art studio and gallery on the 69th floor of the building.[11]

Memorial by David Uda[edit]

Irish artist David Uda was commissioned to paint a memorial to the victims on the floor of the 69th floor of the World Trade Center 4. The painting took several weeks to complete. The painting features a large circle containing 2,606 painted flowers, one for each person that died at the World Trade Center on September 11. It also contains 13 stripes, a reference to the American flag.[12]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Art fit for a skyscraper". The Economist. New York. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  3. ^ "The inspirational art inside One World Trade Center". CBS News. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  4. ^ Zappitell, Brenda Hope. "Donald Martiny on His One World Trade Center Artwork, Artistic Process". Professional Artist Magazine. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  5. ^ "One World Trade Center Installation". Woven Tale Press LLC. 24 July 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  6. ^ a b Furman, Anna (19 November 2015). "One World Trade Center's Lobby Gets Two Massive Brushstrokes". Artsy. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  7. ^ Duray, Dan (17 March 2015). "Greg Goldberg on His Sky Lobby Paintings at One World Trade Center". Art News. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Unity Through Abstraction: One World Trade Center's Inaugural Art Collection". Artsy. 24 February 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  9. ^ Anthony Mason (5 March 2015). One World Trade Center filled with five artists' works with unifying vision (Youtube video). CBS News.
  10. ^ Riley II, Charles A. (28 February 2015). "ART REVIEW: Power of Art Succeeds in One World Trade Center Art Collection". Hamptons Art Hub. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  11. ^ McKelvey, Amanda; Jacobs, Sarah (22 April 2017). "See the hidden art gallery that was created for Spotify's new headquarters in the World Trade Center". Business Insider. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  12. ^ Tipton, Gemma (11 March 2017). "David Uda: The Irish street artist in the World Trade Center". Irish Times.