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World Trade Center artist residency ending

Four artists who have used one of the unfinished office buildings as studio space will have to move out at the beginning on next year

Reconstruction, 2007, by Todd Stone

new york. Silverstein Properties’s unofficial artist-in-residence programme at Seven World Trade Center is coming to a close at the end of the year.

The deal began in 2002 with video artist Marcus Robinson, who approached real estate developer Larry Silverstein when construction on the building began. From that moment, Robinson was granted special access to the site and later, in exchange for free studio space, the artist provided promotional film cuts for the company.

The expansive area is currently divided among four artists. including Diana Horowitz, Jacqueline Gourevitch and Robinson, all of whom create work inspired by the site at Ground Zero.

A fourth artist, Todd Stone, sent works from his “Witness” series to Silverstein in 2009, hoping that he might make a purchase. Stone was instead offered studio space. His series documents the events of 11 September 2001, and the construction thereafter and is being temporarily displayed in the office tower.

The four will have to vacate at the beginning of 2012, as the space has been rented out to a financial company.

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