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Introduction
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Title
Tumbling Woman 9/11 WTC
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Town, State
New York, NY
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ID #
1882
4)
Compilation Date (Initial)
September 25, 2010
5)
Compilation Date (Latest)
September 25, 2010
6)
Site Worked Last
July 14, 2016
Description
This is a former – and now, nonexistent -- memorial to 9/11. A work of art, described by one writer as a “woman with her arms and legs flailing above her head, as if in a backward somersault,” the memorial recalls the other side of a clear, sunny Tuesday morning that was September 11, 2001, after unimaginable destruction, fear and cruelty were visited upon a generation of Americans, and others. Perplexed at first: on TV, the collapsing towers images must be something out of a computer-generated, animated short-film. Not real: for how could Hollywood fake World Trade towers falling? Reality and recognition soon found the pit of the stomach: many stood anxiously by -- poised, at the ready, to help those in medical need. Came the sickening, sweeping, shocking dawning that if the victims were not running out, standing up, then they were dead, buried beneath, with and/or in concrete and rebar. Do such indescribable actions demand inconceivable art? If yes, this memorial works. It says, how unimaginably dire could something have been that jumping out of a hundred-story building was the lesser of? For Tumbling Woman, no time to reflect on absence, here.

• Sculptor Eric Fischl, a New York-based artist, created Tumbling Woman. Polich Tallix, a Rock Tavern, New York, fine arts foundry made the bronze piece. The words on a companion plaque, containing a poem by the artist, are below, within Comments and Notes.

• Note well: this memorial has been removed from public view, does not currently exist as a memorial and, obviously, cannot be visited. In the database, it is styled a Former monument or memorial. When originally unveiled, the sculpture was situated in the lower concourse of the busy and public Rockefeller Center, near 50th St. and 5th Avenue, New York, New York – a public issue in a private space, if you will. (The GPS provided in the database is for this former, now non-existant monument location.) While Center management supported the installation initially, it decided to pull back on that support, indicating through a spokesperson that due to some complaints about its being too graphic it was being removed.

• The work was unveiled on or very near the second anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center attack.


Content
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1)
Societal violence (nonmilitary)
2)
Group of common citizens/persons
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Not Applicable
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Male and Female
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Combination
6)
Not Applicable
Design
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1.)
Former m|m
2.)
Inscription/Text Design
Parallel
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Statue(s) w/wo pedestal
5)
Average (life-size)
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Not applicable
8)
Text available, all
9)
Yes (see below)
9.1)
Image numbering/location
3000-332.1
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Design Preservation
Not applicable
11)
Inscript. Separate from M|M
Yes
11.1)
Parallel Description
Tablet/Plaque
11.2)
Parallel Preservation
Not applicable
11.3)
Parallel Scale Inscription/Text
Under Consideration
12)
Designers
12.1)
Designer 1
Artist/Artistic Group: Fischl, Eric
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Fabricators/Builders
Known
13.1)
Fabricator/Builder 1
Polich Tallix 
13.2)
Fabricator City
Rock Tavern 
13.3)
Fabricator State
NY 
13.4)
Fabricator Country
United States 
Setting
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1)
Other
2)
Not Applicable
3)
Appearance/Setting
Not Applicable
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4)
Not Entered
5)
September 2002
6)
Not Entered
7)
Not Entered
8)
Not applicable
9)
Under Consideration
10)
Other Monuments on Site
11)
Not applicable
12)
Not Applicable
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
50A
2)
Town/City
New York
3)
County
New York
4)
District
Manhattan
5)
State
NY
6)
Zip
10020
7)
Country
United States
8)
Latitude (GPS)
40.7588110000
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Longitude (GPS)
-73.9771850000
10)
Intersecting Street 1
Formerly @ East 50th St
11)
Intersecting Street 2
Formerly @ 5th Ave
12)
Additional Identifier 1
Formerly @ Rockefeller Center
13)
Additional Identifier 2
15)
Former m|m
16)
Business/businesses
17)
2001-current
18)
Compilation Date (Initial)
September 25, 2010
19)
19.1)
Correspondence
19.2)
Newspaper
19.3)
Website
20)
Compilation Date (Latest)
Not Entered
21)
Compilation Technique (Latest)
22)
Source Originator
monumentsandmemorials.com
Comments and Notes
DESIGN: Inscription -- "We watched, /disbelieving and helpless, /on that savage day. /People we love /began falling, /helpless and in disbelief." This inscription is a poem by the artist, near the memorial. (The artist's studio does not know what happened to the plaque that contained the poem after the work's removal.)
SETTING: Site -- Other: Former monument, memorial.
LEAD SPONSOR: Business/businesses -- Rockefeller Center
SOURCES: “Controversial 9/11 display is removed,” The Journal News, September 26, 2002; Fried, Joseph P. "Following Up -- Etched in 9/11 Pain, Statue Finds its Place," The New York Times, October 10, 2002; Holguin, Jaime. "Sept. 11 Sculpture Covered Up; 'Tumbling Woman' Meant to Honor WTC Victims, but Drew Complaints," Associated Press, September 19, 2002; Rakoff, David. “The Way We Live Now: 10-27-02: Questions for Eric Fischl; Post-9/11 Modernism," The New York Times, October 27, 2002; Roth, Katherine. “Sept. 11 statue draped, to be moved,” The Associated Press/The Journal News, September 19, 2002.



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