6. One World Trade Center is its own art museum

Donald Matriny’s One World Trade Center Commission Unami. Photo by Maxamillianm, from Wikimedia Commons.

The 9/11 attacks destroyed and damaged many artworks in the buildings, resulting in about $100 million in losses. In addition to seven works created for the World Trade Center, about 100 artworks of Port Authority were kept at the buildings. Destroyed or damaged in the attacks were Bent Propeller by Alexander Calder, Sky Gate, New York by Louise Nevelson, The World Trade Center Tapestry by Joan Miró and Josep Royo, and a number of Auguste Rodin sculptures held by Cantor Fitzgerald. At One World Trade Center, though, the commitment to showcasing the arts is just as prominent.

In addition to the Parlá mural, the lobby also contains two paintings, Lenape and Unami by Donald Martiny. Both abstract paintings, which feature giant brushstrokes, were inspired by the indigenous Lenape people. Greg Goldberg created seven oil on canvas paintings displayed in the 64th-floor sky lobby. The late Fritz Bultman, who worked alongside Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock, had his Gravity of Nightfall and Blue Triptych-Intrusion Into the Blue displayed in the North Lobby. Also on display is Prana by Bryan Hunt in the sky lobby and the mathematically inspired Randomly Placed Exact Percentages and Isotropic by Doug Argue.