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September 8, 2013 at 7:33 PM

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West Seattle remembers 9/11


BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Lily Clark, 9, her mom Erica and brother Spencer, 12, of West Seattle, stop in to look at a 9/11 memorial called 'The Earth Cried Out' at Alki Arts Sunday Sept. 8, 2013. Erica Clark grew up in Brooklyn and has family members still there - she vividly recalled caring for Spencer as a baby while watching the events unfold on television from Seattle.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Messages of peace decorate luminaria bags for a 9/11 memorial called 'The Earth Cried Out' at Alki Arts.

Former Log House Museum director Pat Filer collected about 100 bags in the days after 9/11 when the parks department started to wonder what would happen to them when the rains started to come. The rest came to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society as a mass donation earlier this year in February for a grand total of 1,692 luminaria bags. Now, a selection of several hundred hang on the walls of the gallery while the rest are in bins for visitors to thumb through. "They are as much art as they are history," said Clay Eals, executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. "And we aren't just preserving history, we are creating it." The exhibit is also one of the last events at Alki Arts, which will be closing at the end of the month and consolidating the business to their Harbor Steps Gallery located at University Street and Western Avenue in downtown Seattle.


BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

From left, David McGeoy, Kerry Korsgaard and Clay Eals install luminaria bags for a 9/11 memorial called 'The Earth Cried Out' at Alki Arts.

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