Philip Brou
Black Box, exterior viewBlack Box, interior view 1Black Box, interior view 2Black Box, rubbingBlack Box, acrylic paintingBlack Box, schematicBlack Box, painting 1Black Box, painting 2
Black Box, 2010-12
Project Description:

On September 10, 2001 Mohamed Atta and Abdulaziz Alomari drove a rented car from Boston, Massachusetts to South Portland, Maine. They checked into a hotel at 5:43 pm.

The next morning the two men flew out of Portland International Jetport on
Colgan Air, flight 5930. They transferred to American Airlines, flight 11 in Boston. The plane departed at 7:59 am. Atta and Alomari, along with 3 accomplices, hijacked the plane and flew it into the north tower of the World Trade Center. This was the first of a series of devastating attacks that shook and reshaped our world.

I located the hotel and room, room 233, where Atta and Alomari stayed in South Portland, Maine. The hotel is near my home. I pass it every time I drive to the grocery store. I contacted the hotel and reserved the room.

This project is an investigation of room 233; the room where Atta and Alomari spent their final night. The project’s title refers to the flight data recorder -the black box- that is always running while a plane is in flight.


This project was made possible by the generous support of the Maine Arts Commission, Augusta.
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