Happy Birthday, America; we won't forget.
In addition to using different media to create this work, my chica juxtaposed the familiar silhouette of the Statue of Liberty with images from the Twin Towers site, then wrapped it all up with colorized snaps from other lower Manhattan locales.
Included in this collage are shots of Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, a memorial dedicated to victims by employees of the NY/NY Port Authority, the American flag flying atop the eerie, empty shell of the Deutsche Bank Building (located at 130 Liberty Street, next door to the Twin Towers site), & the Liberty Bell replica cast at the same foundry as its mate in Philadelphia & donated to the people of NYC after 9/11 by the City of London.
The original work is 18x20 inches; Ella Dos reduced this to include in her portfolio when she was applying to college. Lots of the detail has been lost here, since I shrank the collage even more to squeeze it into this post.
When I rummaged around in the chica's portfolio the other day, looking for a copy of the collage, the kid asked a pointed question.
"What are you doing, Mom?'
"Looking for Ms. Liberty. For my post on the 4th."
She allowed as how she's not that fond of Ms.Liberty--the work, not the statue--because she thinks she's grown so much as an artist in the last 2 years. I have to say, though, that this piece has always touched me. The original is hanging on the wall in our family room. It's still one of my favorites.
Today's 4th of July celebration is brought to you by Cate at Show My Face. Have a Happy!