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02 September 2015


"No day shall erase you from the memory of time."
- Virgil, Book IX of The Aeneid

"This quotation from Book IX of The Aeneid by the Roman poet Virgil suggest the transformative potential of remembrance. The same idea is expressed in each of the letters which have been forged from pieces of recovered World Trade Center steel by New Mexico artist Tom Joyce (American, b. 1956)

Originally trained as a blacksmith, Joyce was invited to harness the transformative process that occurs when iron is touched by fire. He took wounded, remnant steel- made of iron and carbon- and forged it, by heating and folding, into letters of hope and beauty. The result reminds us that Virgil's words are not just a statement, they are a promise."

(at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, New York City, NY)

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