The South Tower (sculpture)

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The South Tower
The South Tower, Herron Sculpture Garden, Summer 2014.jpg
Artist Don Gummer
Year 2008 (2008)
Type Aluminum
Dimensions 300 cm × 91 cm × 61 cm (10 ft × 3 ft × 2 ft)
Location Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Coordinates 39°46′15″N 86°10′13″W / 39.7709°N 86.1703°W / 39.7709; -86.1703Coordinates: 39°46′15″N 86°10′13″W / 39.7709°N 86.1703°W / 39.7709; -86.1703
Owner Don Gummer

The South Tower is a stainless steel outdoor sculpture depicting the South Tower of the World Trade Center the moment before it collapsed during the attacks on September, 11, 2001.[1] Created as a tribute to the victims of the attack[2] and designed by American artist Don Gummer, it is located on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus, near downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, and owned by the artist.[3] The sculpture is made of frosted stainless steel aluminum.[3]


The South Tower is an abstract, frosted stainless steal aluminum rectangular sculpture.[4] Measuring 10 ft x 3 ft x 2 ft, the structure is vertically-louvered and is depicted as coming apart at the top.[3] The grate-like design of each section is carried through the sculpture creating a leaning, S-shaped structure.[citation needed] Each section is composed of 11 straight bars of aluminum. Four bolts secure the artwork to the circular concrete base.[5] It is signed “Don Gummer 2008” on the front of the artwork, at the top of the bottom element.[citation needed]


“It’s a tall, rectangular, vertically-louvered sculpture that starts to come apart at the top. It’s very simple. [I was] on my way to the studio when the (September 11, 2001) attack occurred, and I saw the South Tower fall. It’s seared in my memory.”[5] The Dean of Herron School of Art and Design, Valerie Eickmeier, said “The South Tower will contribute to the ongoing dialogue about contemporary public sculpture. It is perfectly placed in Herron’s sculpture garden to engage visitors on The Indianapolis Cultural Trail.”[3]

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  1. ^ "Don Gummer talking about art and his sculpture The South Tower" (video). The Meryl Streep Forum. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Sculpture installed at CIB honors former IU president". Art at Indiana University. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Don Gummer’s The South Tower newly installed at Herron School of Art and Design across from Indianapolis Cultural Trail". Herron School of Art and Design. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Sculpture Installed at CIB Honors Former President". Art at IU. Indiana University. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  5. ^ a b "Gummer’s The South Tower Installed at Herron School Near Cultural Trail". IUPUI News Center. IUPUI. Retrieved 2014-07-16.