Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the MPS Art Therapy Department worked with Art for America to facilitate a project in which survivors and bereaved family members created 6” x 6” tiles that depicted the emotions and experiences of the time. Over the next year and a half, 288 tiles were completed and assembled into a 6’ x 12’ mural. This year, the artwork finally found a home: SVA has given the mural to Bellevue Hospital, and on Friday, September 9, it was unveiled in the Bellevue rotunda.
On hand for the unveiling ceremony were SVA President David Rhodes, MPS Art Therapy Department Chair Deborah Farber and Irene Rosner David, PhD, ATR-BC, who is a member of the SVA faculty, director of activity therapy at Bellevue and the director of the tile project. David read a letter from Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton that acknowledged “the power of the arts to heal,” and introduced State Senator Liz Krueger who addressed the audience of approximately 70 participants. “The project was meant to convey not only the emotions surrounding the tragedy, but also transition, connection, life, adaptation and moving on,” said David of the mural, adding that in it she sees “as much hope as there is grief.”
Image: The 9/11 tile mural; photo by Rachel Papo.