Framing Torild Stray for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Recently, we worked with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum to frame a large-scale work by Norwegian-born artist Torild Stray.
Bark frame designer Paul Jordan worked with Lisa Conte, the Museum’s Head of Conservation, to frame Stray’s charcoal drawing on paper entitled “New York Metamorphosis." Created while working on the 85th Floor of the North Tower during a residency program in 1998, “Metamorphosis” depicts Manhattan as seen looking north from the Twin Towers, a haze of black and white buildings and landmarks rising up from an island between two rivers. Below, an image of the artist with the artwork.
Jordan designed an aluminum frame for the 187”-wide work on paper. The frame was finished with a light patina and wax. The art was floated in its frame, with 100% cotton rag board fillets and a multi-part Dibond panel faced with our own Bark White Paper (detail below).
Hinging this work securely in place required a complicated and delicate solution. Japanese paper and rice starch paste hinges were attached to the verso of the art paper at specific points around its perimeter, which were then passed through corresponding slots in the Dibond back mat and adhered in place. A detail of the final frame, below.
Designing and fabricating a frame for a 15-foot long artwork certainly poses structural and logistical challenges, and transporting and installing the finished piece was no different. Our in-house crating team built a custom travel crate to protect the framed “New York Metamorphosis” while in transit to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in lower Manhattan.
On arrival, experts from Crozier Fine Arts removed the crate from their truck and carefully maneuvered the Stray work into the museum and down a giant escalator to the floor where it would be installed in the Museum’s Concourse Lobby area.
Jordan and Bark Frameworks art installer Chris Ream, along with the gentlemen from Crozier, prepped the lobby wall with aluminum cleats for installation. The Crozier team then gently lifted and set the artwork in place.
The result is a striking portrait of our city in a museum that documents one of the most pivotal moments in American history.
Photo 1: Ben Speck
Photo 2: Jennifer M. Clark, Bark Frameworks
Photo 3: Paul Jordan, Bark Frameworks
Photos 4 - 7: Collection 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Gift of Petter Neslein, Pecunia AS, ©Torild Stray. Photograph by Jin Lee
Text: Jennifer M. Clark, Bark Frameworks