The World Trade Center Tapestry
|Catalan: Gran Tapís del World Trade Center|
|Artist||Joan Miró; Josep Royo|
|Type||Wool and Hemp|
|Dimensions||6.1 m × 11 m (20 ft × 35 ft)|
|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.
|“||I was watching television on September 11, 2001. I was watching all that destruction and the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York, when I realized that it was there. The tapestry created in the World Trade Center in New York, in 1974.||”|
- Public Art at the World Trade Center, Saul Wenegrat, Proceedings of an IFAR Symposium on February 28, 2002
- World Trade Center Tapestry, Joan Miró
- Woman 1977, National Gallery of Art
- Tapestry of the Foundation, Joan Miró, 1979, Fundació Joan Miró
- "TAKING CARE OF THE TRADE CENTER'S MIRO TAPESTRY". The New York Times. May 25, 1981.