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Introduction
1)
Title
Double Check Makeshift Memorial 9/11 WTC
2)
Town, State
Jersey City, NJ
3)
ID #
1769
4)
Compilation Date (Initial)
July 19, 2011
5)
Compilation Date (Latest)
July 19, 2011
6)
Site Worked Last
April 10, 2012
Description
The memorial remembers and mourns men and women killed by al-Qaeda terrorists when on September 11, 2001, they hijacked and crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the north tower and United Airlines Flight 175 into the south tower of the World Trade Center, in lower Manhattan, New York City. Nearly 3,000 airline passengers, building occupants and rescue workers were killed when the planes crashed and the twin towers collapsed. This monument, by design a sculpture that also involves a sculpture, evokes that torturous day and the many that followed.

• The history and evolution of the work’s design, created by J. Seward Johnson, Jr., are unique. We see a bronze sculpture of a man who appears to be, and actually was, covered with the wreckage of technological catastrophe and societal recuperation. Originally, this sculpture – called Double Check, a man in coat and tie, his briefcase opened -- occupied a metal bench in Liberty Park, across from the trade center site, on Liberty Street between Church Street and Broadway. Soon after the towers fell, and death and destruction reigned, first responders discovered Double Check sitting on the ground and apparently thought, at first, that he was a WTC victim -- covered in dust and ash, as was just about everything, it seemed. For weeks the sculpture accumulated remembrances and tokens left by passersby and responders -- hard hat, fire hose, flowers, written greetings -- until it had in fact come to resemble a “makeshift memorial.” Johnson removed the bruised original with its many mementoes to his New Jersey studio and foundry, Johnson Atelier, Mercerville, New Jersey, and expanded and altered the original work, which then grew up into this fresh bronze 9/11 memorial. The sculpture survived the onslaught, much as the American people endured those times of crushing pain and misery. A notable artist, Johnson has created many works of art himself, and through his philanthropic activities (The Sculpture Foundation, Hamilton, New Jersey, the Grounds for Sculpture and other settings) he also supports the work of other artists.

• Positioned close-by the Jersey City 9/11 memorial, the sculpture is situated on the town’s waterfront, on a plaza at the foot of Grand Street, just east of Hudson Street. With the support of Jersey City government officials and the artist, a New Jerseyean himself, the remembrance was unveiled on the Hudson River Walkway October 20, 2005. A visitor can look out across the Hudson River toward lower Manhattan and the trade center site.
Content
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1)
Loss & perseverance
3)
Not Applicable
4)
Neither Sex
5)
Caucasian
6)
Not Applicable
Design
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1.)
Man-made
2.)
Inscription/Text Design
Integrated
3)
Statue(s) w/wo pedestal
5)
Average (life-size)
7)
Inscribed/lettered on tablet
8)
Text available, all
9)
Yes (see below)
9.1)
Image numbering/location
2700-745.1, 2700-745.2, 2700-745.3, 2700-745.4, 2700-745.5, 2700-745.6
10)
Design Preservation
Good
11)
Inscript. Separate from M|M
No
12)
Designers
12.1)
Designer 1
Artist/Artistic Group: Johnson, J. Seward
13)
Fabricators/Builders
Known
13.1)
Fabricator/Builder 1
Johnson Atelier 
13.2)
Fabricator City
Mercerville 
13.3)
Fabricator State
NJ 
13.4)
Fabricator Country
United States 
Setting
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1)
Plaza arrangement
2)
Open Space , Water
3)
Appearance/Setting
Completed
3.1)
Appeal of the Item
5 Good
3.2)
Setting appears appropriate
5 Good
3.3)
Traffic near for access, distanced for appreciation
5 Good
3.4)
Visualization and panorama
7 Exceptional
3.5)
Opportunity to view, to enjoy the item
6 Very Good
3.6)
Overall Averaged Score
5.6 Very Good (Given a 1.0 - 7.0 Range)
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4)
2002
5)
October 20, 2005
6)
Not Entered
7)
Not Entered
10)
Other Monuments on Site
1900 , 1901 , 1902
11)
Satisfactory
12)
Local government
Themes
1)
MonumentsandMemorials.com Themes
No Perceived Theme Match
2)
National Historic Landmark Themes
No Perceived Theme Match
Demography
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1)
File Number
61
2)
Town/City
Jersey City
3)
County
Hudson
4)
District
Intentionally Blank
5)
State
NJ
6)
Zip
07302
7)
Country
United States
8)
Latitude (GPS)
40.7148490000
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Longitude (GPS)
-74.0332730000
10)
Intersecting Street 1
Grand St
11)
Intersecting Street 2
Hudson St
12)
Additional Identifier 1
Waterfront
13)
Additional Identifier 2
15)
Man-made
16)
16.1)
Citizens/residents
16.2)
Government, Local
16.3)
Under Consideration
17)
2001-current
18)
Compilation Date (Initial)
July 19, 2011
19)
19.1)
Site Survey
19.2)
Newspaper
19.3)
Website
20)
Compilation Date (Latest)
Not Entered
21)
Compilation Technique (Latest)
22)
Source Originator
monumentsandmemorials.com
Comments and Notes
SITE DEVELOPMENT: Start Date -- Assumed to be 2002.
SITE MAINTENANCE: Local government -- Jersey City, NJ
CODE-3-Site includes use of color



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