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
Artist Joan Miró; Josep Royo
Year 1974 (1974)
Type Wool and Hemp
Dimensions 6.1 m × 11 m (20 ft × 35 ft)
Condition destroyed 2001 (2001)
Location Port Authority of NY and NJ, Washington, D.C.

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 from 1974 until it was destroyed in 2001.

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.


It was destroyed on September 11, 2001, in the collapse of the World Trade Center, following the September 11 attacks. It also disappeared works by artists such as Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Paul Klee, Le Corbusier and Auguste Rodin.

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  1. ^ Rom, Martí (March, june and september, 2009). "Josep Royo i Joan Miró: Els tapissos". n. 109, 110 i 111. Ressò mont-rogenc.  Check date values in: |date= (help);

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Coordinates: 40°42′42″N 74°00′49″W / 40.7117°N 74.0136°W / 40.7117; -74.0136