9/11 TEN YEARS ON: Norfolk artist reflects on iconic image

Norfolk artist Heather Tamplin has reflected on one of the tragically iconic images of the World Trade Center attacks in her painting, Falling Man, which has been on display at the Assembly House Art Show in Norwich in recent weeks.

She explained: 'I have always had an interest in global mythology and in Icarus but the idea to call it Falling Man was triggered when I saw a TV documentary about a photograph of a man who fell from the Twin Towers. He was wearing a white chef's outfit and seemed perfectly serene as he fell.'

Heather, from Aldborough, near Cromer, visited New York in 2000 as one of a number of British artists showing their work at a Broadway gallery and went to the top of the World Trade Center during that visit and took several photographs.

'I hope to go back next year but I know it will be an empty skyline because they so dominated Lower Manhattan and it was only when I saw them that I understood why New Yorkers loved them so much so I can understand the impact and effect the attacks on them had,' said Heather.

Falling Man brings together her interest in mythology, the falling man from the Twin Towers and her recollections of a visit to Manhattan a year before the September 11 attacks.


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Between November 8-21, Falling Man will be on display at The Brick Lane Gallery, 196 Brick Lane, London.

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