Ten Years Gone

When the planes crashed into the World Trade Center 10 years ago today, local artist Ben Wood had just started his first week of grad school at the S.F. Art Institute. That day’s events and their aftermath instilled in him a desire to use his art to make the world a better place, tapping into community histories and bringing people together in public spaces. Wood is known for projecting video on Coit Tower on recent Fourths of July, and on the anniversary of the American Indian occupation of Alcatraz. Earlier this year he received recognition for a striking 18th century mural he recreated in the Mission with Eric Blind; the original was painted by neophytes at Mission San Francisco de Asis in 1791. Now Wood returns to 9/11, contributing his art to the September 11th Anniversary Commemoration. Manresa Gallery commissioned a piece by Wood paying tribute to those lost in the attacks that plays on the outside of the church throughout the evening, while inside all are welcome to join a service headed by leaders from local Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities. Wood has also crafted a meditative light installation that invites quiet reflection. A low-key reception follows for anyone who would like to share their thoughts and experiences. Wood’s art serves as inspiration to seek connection and understanding in tragedy.
Sun., Sept. 11, 8 p.m., 2011

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