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Artwork: What We Build is Not Permanent, We Are Not What We Build (Lisa Amowitz)

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Location: Simpson Street ยท Installed: 2006

"This project presents the notion that structures, although built to outlast their architects, are fragile entities. Before September 11th we took our buildings and what they mean to us for granted. We assumed that they would always be there as a backdrop to our daily dramas. The vulnerability of our constructions is frightening. Buildings after all, are only glass, concrete and metal. The effort and creative thought that went into them, and the use they are put to, is where their power lies.

This project represents my personal reaction and testament to how New York City struggled to regain its spirit after the devastating attack. It also represents the Bronx, continuously renewing itself and blooming with spirit in many unexpected places as well as the vibrant spirit of the individual, struggling to find what is beautiful in what is often ugly, struggling to renew oneself after devastation.

I have chosen flower imagery to represent this spirit of renewal rebirth, and rebuilding. Flowers return after the bleakness of winter. They are like a face turned inside out with the spirit showing on the outside. Flowers help us to embrace the beautiful mystery of life pulsing through each person in every building in this city. Flowers can be destroyed and still grow back to bloom another season.

This project may not be permanent or it may outlive its creator. Hopefully it will become part of the urban landscape and also part of the mental landscape of the weary traveler who will appreciate the love its creator put into it. My wish is that in viewing this art one senses that the spirit that flows through the streets and buildings of the city is part of them and they are part of it, and that as long as they are alive their spirit is stronger than any building man can build or destroy."--Lisa Amowitz. Source: cuny.edu.

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