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Tiles For America Preservation Project

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Petition for Public Awareness

Tiles for America is NYC's first spontaneous, living 9/11 Memorial created by the people the day after the tragic events of 9/11.

     “Thousands of tiles reflecting [the voices of] patriotism, heroes, courage, unity, poetry and other positive themes arrived in NYC and were hung on the chain-link fence at Mulry Square [spawning a one-of-a-kind visual message of unity and cooperation]. They continue to arrive.” 

The Memorial is located in the heart of the West Village at the corner of Greenwich Avenue and 7thAvenue South and has been featured in television shows, movies, and music videos. The tiles hang on a rusted, chain-link fence surrounding property owned by NYC’s MTA. Residents say the tiles have become part of the Village landscape.

Unfortunately, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is
planning to build a ventilation plant on Mulry Square where the
memorial currently resides. Some individuals are pushing to have the
memorial tiles removed and sent hundreds of miles away to Albany.
They will be crated and stored in the basement of a museum. We, the
residents of the community, want to continue maintaining the
memorial, and have it moved just steps away from its original location
to 62 Greenwich Avenue for all to see.

A CALL TO ACTION IS REQUIRED: Tiles for America faces the imminent danger of extinction!  These tiny voices will no longer be heard.

The MTA hosts the Memorial site and has been gracious enough to allow the Memorial to exist since its inception.  Plans have been announced to build a ventilation station where the Memorial is located. Since the removal of the fence is needed to commence the construction, the Memorial must come down

Tiles for America Preservation Society: Since the Memorial's inception, local residents have expended their personal time and money to maintain Tiles for America and the Memorial location. These residents have unified their voices by establishing Tiles for America Preservation Society, whose responsibility is to address all concerns pertaining to Tiles for America.  

Tiles for America Preservation Project: To date there has never been a grant issued or any public monies given on behalf of Tiles for America. In response to the lack of public funding, the Society has established the Tiles for America Preservation Project.  The Preservation Project is a community intitiative focused on raising financial resources urgently needed to support the start-up cost of removing, restoring, preserving and exhibiting Tiles for America.

UPDATE Monday 9/17/21012:
On Friday morning, September 14, 2012 The Tiles for America Memorial was removed from Mulry Square by members of the Tiles for America Preservation Project, local residents, and other concerned individuals in accordance with the deadline set by the MTA.
Under the direction of Columbia University's Ceramics department faculty, the tile collection will be stabilized, cataloged, photographed, and stored in a secure climate-controlled facility with plans to exhibit them steps from the original memorial site.


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