Weave is a proposal for a memorial to commemorate the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The fire occurred on 25 March 1911 in New York and resulted in the death of one hundred and forty-six garment workers. To this day, it is the deadliest industrial accident in the city’s history. The fire precipitated changes to the legislation governing factory workers and improved the safety of many workplaces throughout America.

The memorial comprises a matrix of fine steel threads which enfold the façade of the building. This matrix recalls the structure of the woven fabrics used to make the garments that were produced in the factory.

Each day, at exactly 4.40pm, lights mounted on the steel threads are illuminated. Over a period of two hours that corresponds to the duration of the fire, the lights trace a pattern on the façade. This pattern maps the spread of the fire in real time throughout the top three floors of the building.

The proposal conceives of the memorial as an event as much as a spatial intervention. In this way, the memorial brings into the present the enduring legacy of the fire and the ongoing need for vigilance in workplace safety.

Year: 2013.