The World Trade Center Tapestry

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The World Trade Center Tapestry
Catalan: Gran Tapís del World Trade Center
The World Trade Center Tapestry.jpg
ArtistJoan Miró, Josep Royo
Year1974
TypeWool and hemp
Dimensions6.1 m × 11 m (20 ft × 35 ft)
Conditiondestroyed in 2001

The World Trade Center Tapestry was a large tapestry by Joan Miró and Josep Royo. It was displayed in the lobby of 2 World Trade Center (the South Tower) in New York City from 1974 until it was destroyed in 2001 by the collapse of the World Trade Center.

Saul Wenegrat, former director of the art program for the Port Authority of New York, had suggested to Miró that he could make a tapestry for the World Trade Center, but the artist declined as he would only make the work with his own hands but had no experience of making a tapestry. However, after his daughter recovered from an accident in Spain, Miró agreed to make a tapestry for the hospital that had treated her as a token of his gratitude. Having learned the technique from tapestry maker Josep Royo, Miró made several other tapestries with Royo, including one for the World Trade Center, Woman for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and one for the Fundació Joan Miró.

The work was an abstract design, with bright blocks of colour, red, green, blue and yellow, with black elements and a light brown background. Made of wool and hemp, it measured 20 × 35 feet (6.1 × 10.7 m) and weighed 4 tonnes. It was completed in 1973, and displayed at a retrospective at the Grand Palais in Paris before being installed in New York in 1974.

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  • "TAKING CARE OF THE TRADE CENTER'S MIRO TAPESTRY". The New York Times. May 25, 1981.

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