A New York City artist has devised the WTC Logo Preservation Project dedicated to the vanishing image of the World Trade Center Twin Towers that were destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, The Huffington Post reports.
The project began 12 years ago shortly after the infamous day when artist Ji Lee began to notice many skyline logos featuring the two towers throughout the city, mainly used by small businesses such as delis, dry cleaners, and moving companies. The logos were often seen on billboards, trucks, and awnings.
On his website, the artist wrote, “I experienced a strange mix of sadness and joy seeing the iconic Towers standing there majestically, as if nothing happened. These logos will not last forever as many of the small business will either update their logos at some point or close their doors eventually. Thus the Twin Towers would sadly vanish forever.”
Lee began to see the logos as pre-September 11 artifacts of the city, and decided to archive them by photographing them himself and compiling photos on a website and Flickr account. Others began helping him in the project.
“When I started the project, I also asked people to send their photos of the Twin Towers logo and I received many photos. So it became an open project for others to participate,” Lee told The Huffington Post in an email.
“This project became a daily Easter egg hunting sort of game for me. Whenever I was on the streets of NY, I’d always look to find a TT logo,” he said.
Anyone can participate in the project through this website. Image/Ji Lee