Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sculptural 9/11 tribute

The UNLV Library has unveiled a sculptural tribute on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. Artist and UNLV alumnus Troy Gillett constructed two intertwining towers suggestive of the helix form of DNA. Titled A Common Thread, the sculpture is constructed from t-shirts which reference a specific human tragedy.
In the aftermath of 9/11, these t-shirts were contributed to an impromptu shrine in front of the New York New York Hotel Casino on the Strip by people from all over the country, and from overseas. The Hotel recognized the importance of conserving these t-shirts and other mementos, and eventually entrusted this collection to the UNLV Library for catalogueing and permanent conservation.

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