On display now at the New York City Fire Museum: “Remembering Their Prayers,” created by artist Susan Harris. This special exhibition, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, is free and the public is invited to attend.
Susan Harris, who resides in Los Angeles, California and is a descendant of Max Blanck, one of the co-owners of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company, appears in the new HBO film, “Triangle, Remembering the Fire.” As the Blanck family also had several relatives die in the tragic Triangle fire, Harris created “Remembering Their Prayers” with cloth and thread as a way of connection to remember and honor all of the victims.
Her featured piece, “Remembering Their Prayers,” consists of delicate pieces of Edwardian shirtwaists and handkerchief fabrics, each hand-embroidered with the name of a victim. Many names are sewn by the victims’ descendants. Hung on a line in a manner similar to Tibetan prayer flags, the piece is now 152 feet long.
The exhibit “Remembering Their Prayers” will be on display through April 23, 2011.
The New York City Fire Museum, located in a 1904 firehouse at 278 Spring Street, is the official museum of the FDNY and houses over 10,000 artifacts from New York City’s rich heritage of firefighting. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10-5 and Sundays, 10-4. Suggested admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children, students and seniors.