Art, even in its silence, speaks volumes.

The terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, had a profound impact on the entire nation. In the two decades since, the expressions of emotion felt by Americans has taken many forms – written, spoken, visual – as part of a complicated and, for some, a never-ending therapeutic process.

Chief Petty Officer Joe Pisano, whose visual expression is known as industrial art, created a 9/11 art piece that in its grandeur, subtlety and quietly touches the souls of all those who see it.

“I started on a concept image that would allow people to be able to be healed from it,” said Joe, a Navy machinist mate who has been serving on active duty for 20 years. “It’s not meant to open any wounds.”

“I want people to remember the victims.”

Chief Petty Officer Joe Pisano (L) along with retired New York City fireman, Bob Allen, stand before Joe’s “Divinity Among Heroes” 9/11-tribute art piece.

Standing 12 feet tall, Joe’s mammoth creation of the World Trade Center towers is called “Divinity Among Heroes” and took more than 1,600 hours over five months to fashion. The idea, however, had been geminating in his mind for years.

“After realizing the 20th anniversary of 9/11 was approaching, I felt I had to create a meaningful healing art tribute,” said Joe, who is a member of the Navy Region Southwest staff. “Call it divine intervention.”

Industrial art takes its inspiration from the stripped-back look of old warehouses and factories through the use of bricks, metals, wood and a variety of recycled materials.

“The flag on the piece was created with 2,977 one-inch wooden blocks with the names of everyone we lost at 9/11 hand-written on them,” said Joe. “The towers, which are 10 feet tall, were created with a little more than 30,000 drywall screws.”

Nearly 5,000 visitors to the USS Midway Museum over the 9/11 weekend had the chance to view Joe’s artwork.

“I was completely spellbound,” said Ellen Carson, who was visiting Midway with her family. “It was very powerful.”

Joe’s ultimate goal is for his artwork to be on display at the Ground Zero Museum in New York City.

“It’s an emotional piece, but when people see it for the first time, they really embrace it and that makes it all worth it,” said Joe. “I want people to remember the victims.”

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