World Trade Center Nocturne, 81st Floor
Dennis D'Amelio participated in the World Trade Center artists' program from May through September 2000, working on the 91st floor. In the course of those five months he made a series of small, precisely rendered oil paintings on panel or wood.
This painting depicts a view out across the East River into Brooklyn and Queens from the 91st floor of World Trade Center. In the near distance is a softly lit segment of the East River Drive; spanning the East River are the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges. Across the river and reflected in it is the red Watchtower sign and beyond it the Brooklyn Insurance building and the Dime Savings bank. The lights of the bridges and the streets beyond form delicate chains across the inky darkness of the Long Island borough. The effect is delicate and gives a powerful sense of the wide expanse of scenery that was visible on a clear night from the World Trade Center.