Come see Ocufluent I & II, created by artist WOOLPUNK®, in honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The piece was originally curated by Karin Bravin for a summerlong exhibition called "RE: GROWTH a Celebration of Art, Riverside Park and the New York Spirit," in Manhattan's Riverside Park.
For the artwork, WOOLPUNK® incorporated photos she took of the Oculus right after its opening in 2016, capturing a sacred space where feelings of shock, terror, loss, and grief coexist with renewal. The stitched flowers on the Oculus photographs intend to memorialize, hearten, and pay tribute to all those who lost their lives on 9/11 and to all those who are still suffering from the tragedy today. Twenty years later, the memories from the day continue to ride on a subway escalator loop in the minds and hearts of World Trade Center visitors, workers, subway travelers, and American families. “I strongly believe that art can heal. Acknowledging the painful memories of 9/11 allows for reflection which is essential in building a stronger, more united New York," shares WOOLPUNK®.
Special thanks to the President’s Advisory Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Hudson County Community College and Karin Bravin of BravinLee.