Sarah Haskell
The September 11th Button Project

Update: October 2011

"Each One: The Button Project, a 9/11 Memorial" finds a home!
Sarah with Portsmouth City Councilor Chris Dwyer

One month ago the world honored the victims of September 11th 2001. There were many events, exhibits, speeches and tributes to the almost 3,000 people that perished on that day. Lives were honored and remembered with love, sadness and grief. The many people and dogs that worked to save, assist and rescue others were also remembered and honored.

The events of 9/11 have stirred many emotions and inspired many tributes over the years. Recently I listened to an interview with an author who has written a book on what she calls "the rush to end grief".

Nancy Bern, in her book "Closure: The rush to end grief and what it costs" wisely counsels us that grief takes time and in truth there is no such thing as closure. The concept of closure has developed over time as a cultural need to "tidy up" the grieving process. We live in a culture devoid of rituals that help us process loss and change, which are natural processes of life.

For me, making art has been a process that helps me work through grief and loss. The creation of "Each One: the Button Project, a 9/11 Memorial" was a pathway to heal my own wounds from the events of 9/11/01. As I struggled to understand my grief, I tapped into a common heartache and much to my surprise, helped a larger community process sorrow and loss. As author Bern suggests, there is no real closure, but there is movement on the pathway or grief. I know from my personal experience that art is a vehicle for empowering and assisting this movement on the pathway of grief.

For nine years, The Button Project has traveled and been exhibited in over ten venues from Washington DC to Wichita, Kansas and back to Maine. Now on the tenth anniversary of 9/11/01, I am delighted to announce that the City of Portsmouth, NH has accepted as a gift from a private donor/patron "Each One: the Button Project, a 9/11 Memorial".

On September 3rd, 2011, I delivered the artwork and the installation stand to City Hall in Portsmouth, NH. The piece was installed in City Hall Council Chambers and shall remain there indefinitely. Home at last, "The Button Project" is available for public viewing during all business hours at Portsmouth City Hall, 1 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth. NH 03801, 603-431-2000.

Thank you to the visionary private donor who made this purchase possible.

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the original email
December 2001
January 10, 2002
February 28, 2002
May 2002
July 2002
September 2002
December 2002
March 2003
June 2003
November 2003
May 2004
August 2004
December 2004
October 2005
July 2006
August 2007
November 2010
The finished piece: "Each One"

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