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Photographer Cliff WassmannÂ?s stunning photograph of the Tower of Lights taken on the last day they lit up the sky, is featured in a dramatic Â?RemembranceÂ? poster honoring the anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center Twin Towers.

(Dana Point, CA -- August 2002) Southern California Photographer Cliff Wassmann’s stunning photograph of the Tower of Lights forms the shape of a heart against the clouds in the sky in a poignant tribute to the upcoming anniversary of that tragic September 2001 event.

A collection of printing companies led by PSG, Printing Services of Greensboro, North Carolina, offers the poster free to the public. Wassmann has graciously donated his photograph.

It was a chance encounter by a PSG Printing Services executive that made the poster possible -an East Coast meets West Coast encounter made possible by the Internet.

After searching the Web for the ‘perfect’ photograph to illustrate the commemorative poster, PSG’s marketing director Teresa Yeager discovered Wassmann’s photo at his Web site, Yeager immediately knew the picture illuminated just the right spirit and emotion her company, and other cooperating printing companies, were searching for to grace the historic poster. Wassmann, a native of Hackensack, NJ, gladly scanned and graciously donated his photo to the commercial printer on the other side of the country.

If a photographer ever put his heart into a work, this photograph reveals the emotional passion experienced as he waited through the dark of night to capture this charismatic last photograph of the tribute lights. Shot in an early morning mist, the Tower of Lights reached toward the sky and somehow magically carved a heart-like figure against the clouds overhead.

When Wassmann traveled back to New York in April to photograph the twin beams of light that had been illuminated for the six month anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, he wasn’t expecting to create an image that was any different than those done by thousands of other photographers who sought to preserve the event.

But on the final night the lights were illuminated – and the only night they stayed lit all night – a light rain began falling and by 1:00 a.m. beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, Wassmann found himself alone waiting for the right moment to click his shutter. The clouds and rain helped form the stunning image, with the faint shape of a heart at the apex as the lights gently caressed the clouds. “When I saw the image,” says Wassmann, “I found it deeply poignant. It became a doubly symbolic final tribute, allowing our hearts to reach out and communicate love to all those who suffered in this tragic 9/11 event.”

“The lights made a powerful statement on several levels,” adds Wassmann. “During wartime, cities were told to turn down the lights and what does New York do? It sets up the brightest lights in the country, a beacon that could be seen from 20 miles away! It was, at once, a defiant gesture and spiritual recognition of the lives lost. I believe it was the most important piece of public art ever installed.”

Thanks to Wassmann and a group of businesses and printers in the Greensboro area, PSG will print some 80,000 posters. The posters will be offered through September 11 or until the limited quantity is depleted.

The “Remembrance” poster will be available at Wassmann Fine Arts, located at 34118 Pacific Coast Hwy. #1, Dana Point, CA. Visitors may pick up a poster now and see Wassmann’s exquisite collection of photographs of the memorial at his studio/gallery.

Wassmann’s photographs and paintings can be seen at

Please contact Cliff Wassmann, Photographer/Artist at 888-278-7335, 949-240-8721. 34118 Pacific Coast Hwy. #1, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA.

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