Then and Now

Pascal Campion’s “9/11: Then and Now.” In his cover for the twentieth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Pascal Campion depicts two people, likely too young to have experienced the day firsthand, sharing a moment of comfort and consolation on the rebuilt site of the World Trade Center. “Emotions can often be difficult to express in words,” Campion said. “But I’m a visual artist and, in my chosen medium, emotions can transcend words.” Behind the couple, the memorial reflecting pools, the footprints of the old Twin Towers; the wing-like silhouette of the Oculus, Santiago Calatrava’s gleaming shopping-mall-cum-transportation hub; and the illuminated office towers that make up the present-day skyline. Life has gone on. And yet, almost two decades later, the surroundings remain imbued with the memory of the events that took place on that day and by the absence of what was. (The New Yorker, September 13, 2021)

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  1. Moved. 20 years and seemingly 2 weeks ago….😥

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  2. a powerful visual of what is, and what was lost

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  3. I was in midtown…and there were no words then, or now.

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  4. wonderful cover…

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  5. If I lived there, The New Yorker would absolutely be on my subscription list. Every one of their covers would probably be framed on my walls. This is exquisitely and amazing. Thanks for sharing. A great experience (AND I was able to read the article!!!).

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  6. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Twenty years ago today!! … “In his cover for the twentieth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Pascal Campion depicts two people, likely too young to have experienced the day firsthand, sharing a moment of comfort and consolation on the rebuilt site of the World Trade Center.”

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  7. A poignant cover and article. Thank you David 💛

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  8. I am so glad they never replaced the towers. We need to remember. We need to see this empty space. We need it to give us time to heal and to remind us how precious life is. 🙏🏻

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  9. An Act of Love: Comforting,Tenderness on such Hallowed Ground…

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