*Please come back and read this post from time to time. Like the “Self Organizing Galaxy” itself, this post is still evolving…
MY WORLD TRADE CENTRE PHOTO
the early stages of Self Organizing Galaxy 1984 – by Joanna Hyde
MY WORLD TRADE CENTER PHOTO
I am standing in the passage way
where arrivals for medical attention
go through the ER door
amidst bandages & oxygen
I am poised in a medical office
seen with mop & bucket
on 10,000 square feet of Dacron
on the surface of #5 WTC
at the base of The Twin Towers
My Painting didn’t get saved
Should It be dug up?
Would the Orange Town Dump
open Itself up to finding
the excavated reds & blues?
To finding the 3 foot-high letters
My Signature in Black
February 1st 2012 Barrington Passage, Nova Scotia 5:15pm
This email is coming to you
from an artist in Nova Scotia
who grew up in Rockland County
I graduated from Nyack High School in 1979
and obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
from The Cooper Union in 1983
In 1984 I designed and painted
a 10,000 square foot canvas
on the roof of #5 World Trade Center
(at the base of the Twin Towers)
This art project is called Self Organizing Galaxy
and can be viewed under that name
After the creation and exhibit of Self Organizing Galaxy
the canvas (made of Dacron)
was removed from the roof in two pieces
weighing 250lbs. each
stored by The Port Authority of NY&NJ
until I claimed it and
moved out of Valley Cottage in November of 1986
The man I was soon to marry
insisted the two folded-up pieces be thrown away
at the Orangetown Dump.
Could you send me any information
to find out what is entailed in excavating,
such large and historic pieces
of art together measuring 100 feet X 100 feet?
Perhaps The Shroud for The World Trade Center?
With all due respect, in reading this message
I had to wonder if it was a joke…
there has been an enormous amount of development around here
since the 1980s.
The Clarkstown Landfill on Rte 303 has been capped
The “dumps” in the swamp in W Nyack
are covered by the second largest mall
in the United States.
Unfortunately the prospect of finding your artwork
in my opinion
February 2nd 2012 The Hawk
— checked out your YouTube —
Sorry it is buried
somewhere around here.
Did you know they found dinosaur bones
not far from the dump?
And that there was a famous esoteric guy
in the early 20th century
who had elephants in Nyack
and apparently a couple of them are buried
around here somewhere as well?
So there is a lot of interesting stuff underground
and your painting is in good company
somewhere around here…
February 4th 2012 The Hawk
It was the largest sewing job ever
for North Sails East in Connecticut
It was laid out, all ten thousand square feet
on top of the most visible rooftop
in the whole world
It was My Dacron canvas
I paid for out of My Artist’s Fee
from The Port Authority of NY&NJ
It was laid out for Me to paint
in view of My Enormous Audience
of office workers
in Lower Manhattan
are any of Them left?
Are there any Men left
of the crew of workers
Who helped Me set it up?
Who helped Me lay out the plastic undercoating
to protect that roof:
#5 World Trade Center?
Who helped Me lay out the canvas
and strap it to the window washer’s track?
Are any of Them left
Who can say, “Hey – I worked
on that –”
Who can say, “I saw that painting
from My Desk
on the 65th floor”
“the 90th floor”
“from Windows on The World?”
February 4th 2012 The Hawk