BELMAR, NJ — Growing up in Jersey City, Michael Carr has many memories of the World Trade Center, minutes across the Hudson River in lower Manhattan.
“On the weekends, we would take the PATH to the World Trade Center and spend the day riding the elevators to the top floor. It was so beautiful to look over the city,” he said. “We also went fishing at Caven Point where we could see the towers all lit up at night, with the moon shining over them.”
While the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center left him devastated, it also inspired him to pay tribute to the iconic towers that he so fondly remembers from his childhood.
Carr, who uses his talents as a glass cutter to craft old mirrors into “interactive green art,” created three pieces of artwork that he showcased yesterday at a 9/11 memorial service held at the Belmar Senior Residence Facility, where he now serves as building supervisor — a post he assumed three weeks ago.
For yesterday’s ceremony, he brought two of his pieces — one of the twin towers and another of an eagle, both in red, white and blue — outside the apartment building on Eighth Avenue, where some 40 people gathered, including building residents, borough officials and students.
The other design, all in clear, recycled mirrored pieces, remained on a wall in the lobby, where people could catch a glimpse of themselves in its reflection. “That’s why I call it interactive art because it’s different every time you look into it,” said Carr, who has worked in the building trades including a stint at the World Trade Center.
Since Carr learned how to cut glass some 40 years ago, he’s turned the skill into a hobby, creating mixed media artwork whenever he is inspired or when others have requested a piece with a specific theme — from suns and moons, to boats and lighthouses.
Over the years, he has assembled his own collection that he now plans on displaying throughout the senior building. “I’d like to put a piece on the wall across from each elevator so when you step out of the elevator you can see the reflection,” said Carr. “If this puts a smile on someone’s face every day, I’m glad to do it.”
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