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Flight 587 Memorial Finalists

Linda Covit Caesura, 1991

Linda Covit is an internationally recognized artist who lives and works in Montreal, where she was born in 1948. She has traveled extensively, particularly in Japan. She has been commissioned for a number of public artworks in both Canada and Japan.

She participated in the 53 International Competition for Contemporary Ceramic Art at the Museo Internazionale delle ceramiche in Faenza, Italy, in the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2003 and in a group exhibition at Wave Hill, in the Bronx.

Her work is in the collections of the Musée d’art contemporain in Montreal, the Musée du Québec , the Cirque du Soleil , the Canada Council Art Bank, and the University of Concordia. She has received numerous grants from the Canada Council, the Japan-Canada Fund, the Conseil des arts et des letres du Québec , and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York.

Barbara Grygutis

Railgate, 1998, Hamilton Station, Hamilton New Jersey

Born in Hartford, Connecticut and raised in Israel, Barbara Grygutis lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she helped to create the Art in Public Places Master plan for downtown Tucson’s Development Corporation. Ms. Grygutis holds a BFA and an MFA from the University of Arizona, and has been creating work for public spaces since 1971.

She has completed 50 commissions of public art throughout the country. Her piece for Commons Park in downtown Denver, “Common Ground,” received a Best New Public Art award.

Other public works of hers include “Journeys” for the New York Avenue Metro Station in Washington, D.C., “Standing Leaves, Falling Light” for the Overlake Transit Center in Redmond, Washington and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Columbia, Missouri.

Toshihiro Katayama

Stone Wall and Relief Sculpture, 1991, Ohara Art Museum, Kurashiki, Japan

Born in Osaka, Japan, Toshihirio Katayama is a self-taught artist and designer who came to the United States in 1966 to teach at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University and remained on the faculty there for 30 years. Over the past 30 years he has collaborated with architects and landscape architects, beginning with the State Street Subway Station in Boston in 1975, and more recently on commissions including the Mitsui Marine and Fire Insurance Headquarters in Chiba, Japan, the World Health Organization Headquarters in Kobe, Japan and a public plaza in Porter Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In 1997 he received Artist of the Year Award from the Architecture and Arts and Crafts association in Japan. On this project, Mr. Katayama will be working with Thomas Oslund, of Oslund and Associates, a landscape architecture firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He has held more than 30 one-man exhibitions. He mounted a farewell retrospective exhibition entitled “Toshi Katayama: Thirty Years at Harvard” in the Carpenter Center for the Arts.

Donald Lipski and David Meyer Lipski

The World Book, 2005

Donald Lipski is an internationally known artist with works in the permanent collections of museums around the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Among his most notable exhibitions was a one-person exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.

He has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1988, the Academy Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1993, and the Rome Prize in 2000. Mr. Lipski completed a public commission through the City’s Percent for Art program in 1997. He has public works currently in progress in Minneapolis, Austin, Madison, San Diego, San Antonio and Reno-Sparks, Nevada.


World War II Memorial, 1998, Annapolis, Maryland

In his 20-year career as a licensed landscape architect, David Meyer has directed the design and execution of many prestigious and award-winning projects, including the Sony Center in Berlin, the Munich Airport Center and Puerta de Europa in Madrid. Mr. Meyer has also worked on the Maryland World War II Memorial in Annapolis and the Plains Indian Memorial in Little Bighorn National Park, Montana. He is an adjunct professor at the University of California in Berkeley and a winner of the 2000 Rome Prize in landscape architecture.

Freddy Rodriguez

The Garden, Terra Cotta Columns and Guitar, Granite Paving Design, 1995

Freddy Rodriguez was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to New York City in 1963, when he was 18. He studied painting at the Art Students League and the New School for Social Research, and textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Mr. Rodriguez was named a “Gregory Millard Fellow in Painting” in 1991 by the New York Foundation for the Arts and was New York State Council on the Arts Artist-in-Residence at El Museo del Barrio in 1992.

He represented the United States at the IV Painting Biennial in Cuenca, Ecuador, and has lectured on art throughout Central and South America. Mr. Rodriguez completed a public commission through the City’s Percent for Art program in 1995. His work will soon be featured in a one-person exhibition at the Newark Museum and at the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of Art at the University of Connecticut.

Kryzysztof Wodiczko

and Julian Bonder

Hoboken 911 Memorial

Originally from Poland, Krzysztof Wodiczko now splits his time between New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is a professor and a director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Over the past 25 years, Mr. Wodiczko has created more than 70 projections of still and video images that animate historic monuments and civic edifices. His projections include The Grand Army Plaza Memorial Arch in Brooklyn, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the City Hall Tower in Krakow and the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima. His work has been exhibited at the Paris Biennale, Venice Biennale, Kyoto Biennale and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Mr. Wodiczko completed a public commission through the New York City’s Percent for Art program in 1998. He and architect Julian Bonder have been commissioned by the city of Nantes to design a memorial commemorating the Abolition of Slavery in France, set to open in 2007.

 Born in New York City, Julian Bonder was raised in Argentina and returned to the United States in 1995. He is currently an Associate Professor at Roger Williams University’s School of Architecture in Rhode Island. As a practicing architect, he has worked on the Holocaust Museum in Buenos Aires, a memorial for AMIA/Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina in Buenos Aires, a project for the Camp Meigs Memorial (Civil War Memorial for the training site of the Massachusetts Regiments) and a Memorial for the Victims of States Violence in Buenos Aires.  Mr. Bonder’s work has also been presented in the Bienal of Architecture in Buenos Aires, the Trienale of Architecture in Milan, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires and the The Boston Society of Architects Gallery.

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