WTC Steel #2

Description (Brief)
Robert Rathe is a contemporary photographer based in Virginia. During the fall of 2002, he had the opportunity to photograph pieces of steel that had once been part of the World Trade Center complex in New York City. The steel had been brought to the National Institute of Standards and Technology for their investigation into the collapse of World Trade Center buildings 1, 2 and 7. These abstract photographs represent the artist’s attempt to comprehend how steel that had once been strong enough to support the tallest structures in New York were now twisted, charred and broken.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Rathe, Robert
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 17 in x 22 in; 43.18 cm x 55.88 cm
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
September 11
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
World Trade Center Steel
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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