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Better Angels - The Firefighters of 9/11 Exhibit

Updated: Nov 11, 2021

better angels will be on display at the Corazón de Trinidad Creative District/Commons at 210 W. Main for three months, from August 28th through November 20th, 2021, to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of 9/11.


better angels: the firefighters of 9/11 consists of 343 individual oil paintings of the New York City firefighters who died on 9/11. Each firefighter’s portrait is painted intimately onto a small burned block of wood. Assembled, this large multi-part work is 4’ high by 21’ long.


exhibit of 343 individual oil paintings of firefighters
better angels exhibit at the Springfield Museums in Springfield, MA

The artist and creator, Dawn Siebel, lived in Manhattan for 22 years before moving to Colorado. Siebel was living in Boulder on September 11th, 2001, and twelve days later when The New York Times printed a two-page spread with all 343 firefighter photographs, the better angels project was born. Siebel spent more than 3000 hours over the next six years to create the paintings, beginning with cutting and then burning the blocks of baltic birch on which the portraits are painted.


There is a compelling personality in each face that leads the viewer to imagine the individuals – the lives they lived, the people they loved – while the sheer volume of faces measures the enormity of the tragedy. -Dawn Siebel, Artist and Creator of better angels

Portrait of firefighter Dennis Mulligan, Ladder 2

better angels was first presented to the public in June 2011, followed by a ten-city tour across the US in 2011 and 2012. Venues included a special exhibit in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., and the World Financial Center in New York, across the street from Ground Zero.


Check out the event on Facebook and invite your friends: https://fb.me/e/2NkFmzAF4


For more information, visit the artist's website or contact the Trinidad Creative District at creative.trinidad(at)gmail(dot)com.



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