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The white-on-green cursive quote (aka “alphabet line”) that accompanies this piece and from which it derives its title is from the poem “Calmly We Walk through This April’s Day” by Delmore Schwartz. It reads as follows: “Time is the school in which we learn,/Time is the fire in which we burn.” [Unlike the other quotes above tableaux, this one is on multiple planes due to the background wall’s built-in irregularities.]

The smoke clouds are printed on separate pieces of PVC that are attached both in front and in back of the North Tower, suspended from the ceiling by monofilament. The painted blue of the background wall refers to the fact that all eyewitnesses on 9/11 reported that the sky was a beautiful blue.

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© 2019 Christine Oatman