Rebuilding the World Trade Center – Marcus Robinson has been at the World Trade Center site since 2006 filming, photographing and painting this vast building site where five of the world’s largest buildings are being built in a complex, crowded and iconic corner of lower Manhattan. As well as his painting and documentary filming, Marcus specialises in time-lapse photography. With thirteen 35mm cameras permanently running his material condenses days, months and even years into a few seconds and shows vast buildings grow from holes in the ground to tower over the city in a single shot. He is on site before dawn most days and is often there long after dark; so far he has completed over 2,000 days filming.
This is an immense artistic project that captures the scale and ambition of the reconstruction. It is a story of epic architecture and engineering but it is also a film that is full of humanity, giving a voice to the construction workers. Marcus has won their support and trust at every level ranging from the site managers to men and women who dug the foundations and even the legendary iron workers who assemble the steel frame of the buildings often walking across open girders hundreds of feet in the air. In Marcus’ own words “They are healing a scar in the bedrock of the city, in its skyline and in many ways what they are doing is part of a much greater act of rebuilding and healing”.
Channel: Channel 4 / History
Producer: Marcus Robinson / Lion Television
TX: 11th September 2014
Source: Channel 4 press release