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September 11th Memorial

Artist Steve Kaufman’s mural, “September 11th Memorial,” was first unveiled at Caesars Palace Casino in Las Vegas on November 6, 2001. The artwork measures 40 ft. x 15 ft., and is comprised of 21 panels. This mural collected over 2 million signings at Caesars Palace, with one portion of the painting signed by more than 250,000 people in at least 15 languages.


"The depth to his work is unbelievable; the millions of people he has touched through his 911 memorial mural.  There was a 9 hour wait to sign his 9-11 mural that was at 

Caesars Palace casino."

- Mayor Goodman in Las Vegas


This mural was later shown in New York City and Washington DC.

Steve Kaufman, a pop artist born and raised in the Bronx, NY, created a 15-foot by 40-foot painting that was dedicated to the memories of the New York City Firemen who heroically lost their lives in the World Trade Center attack.

 

As part of America's healing process, Caesars Palace invited 46 Las Vegas firemen to the massive unveiling. These firemen had traveled to Ground Zero in New York City to help the FDNY and other regional firefighters in their time of need. As part of a heartfelt message to New York, Steve Kaufman, along with Caesars Palace, invited not only the Las Vegas Firemen, but all visitors and residents in Las Vegas to sign the canvas, to pay tribute to the heroes of September 11. Signatures include Madonna, Britney Spears, and Wayne Newton.

 

Thousands initially signed the canvases of the 15 foot x 40 foot painting, with 200 magic markers, thus helping to create a bold new body of art. The signatures became as important as the art itself. The memorial painting, along with the thousands of signatures, will eventually be hung with other art as a border design around the September 11th Memorial in NYC.

9-11 was a very personal for Steve Kaufman and the world. "September 11th Memorial" is Steve's statement of pride and honor as a native New Yorker.  The mural attracted a 24-hour crowd to its location, and helped to bring healing to thousands from around the globe. Visitors from as far away as Europe and Asia were drawn to Caesars Palace to sign the painting, sometimes waiting in line for hours.

It takes a soulful effort to create art that touches the souls of people. In Steve Kaufman's effort, those who are now immortal to us are emblazoned in a painting that has an immortal life to its own.


9-11 Memorial Signing with Children

September 11 Ground Zero

"September 11, Ground Zero" was a mixed media oil painting that was hand-signed
by firefighters from Ground Zero and dedicated on the back by Steve:

"Signed by firemen from Ground Zero***God Bless America***
New York is the Best***World Trade Center we will miss you SAK"


Museum framed, this work measured 50 in. high by 66 3/8 in. wide.


Steve Kaufman paid respect to the firemen whom lose their lives by creating this art, and the firemen from ground zero signed these works as a tribute to their fallen brothers.

These FDNY hats at left are signed with
the names of the following firefighters:

Blue Hats - Michael Healey, Terence Hatton, Steven Olson, Martin DeMeo, Kevin Donnelly, and Dennis Devlin.

White hats - Frank Palumbo, Joseph Agaello, John Paolillo, Darrell Pearsall, Bruce Gary, David Halderman, and Thomas DeAngelis.

Red Hats - Michael Orren, Orio Palmer, James Pappageorge, John Tierney, John Vigiano II, Richard Vanhine, Glenn Perry, Kenneth Phelan, Vincent Princiotta, Thomas Sabella, Thomas Schoales, and Gregory Saucedo.