Please notice that the “flag” is not really a flag. When I went to the site in the immediate wake of the attack, there was no flag. Nothing but smoking rubble. Yet the heart and spirit of the citizens of this country prevailed and – in my mind – the banner stood tall over the area. Note that the stripes are comprised of the WTC debris, the flagstaff is the pike pole of an onlooking FDNY firefighter and the stars are the lighted windows of a distant building.
I hope this painting can express some of the spectacular awe I have for my brothers’ indomitable patriotism and sense of duty. This is what we are made of. Not just the Firefighters or the rescuers, but all of us who contribute to this grand success called democracy.
This is what I call American Grace.
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