Ideogram (sculpture)

The Ideogram WTC Statue detail.jpg
Detail of the sculpture
ArtistJames Rosati
Year1972 - 2001
Dimensions7.2 m × 5.9 m × 8.7 m (23.5 ft × 19.5 ft × 28.5 ft)[1]
ConditionDestroyed in September 2001 WTC Attacks

Ideogram was a stainless steel sculpture in New York City by American sculpture James Rosati, completed in 1972. The work comprised a number of intersecting beams with reflective surfaces.

Located between the Twin Towers,[2] in front of the Marriott World Trade Center, the work was lost in the September 11 attacks. Though the sculpture may have survived the attacks and collapse of the buildings, its steel material was indistinguishable from the Ground Zero rubble. As a result, the sculpture was never recovered, and its remains were removed from Ground Zero along with the rest of the rubble. [3]

According to Saul Wenegrat, former director of the art program for the Port Authority, the sculpture may have been the most photographed piece of art in the World Trade Center Complex. It was also featured in many fashion advertisements. [2]


See also


  1. ^ "Ideogram 1972". jamesrosati.org. James Rosati. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b Wenegrat, Saul (28 February 2002). "September 11th: ART LOSS, DAMAGE, AND REPERCUSSIONS Proceedings of an IFAR Symposium on February 28, 2002". ifar.org. International Foundation For Art Research. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  3. ^ Quay, Sara E.; Damico, Amy M. (2010). September 11 in Popular Culture: A Guide: A Guide. United States of America: ABC-CLIO. p. 265. ISBN 978-0-313-35505-9.

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