In September of 2020, a donor who requested anonymity delivered A Prayer for My Brother by William S. Phillips to Salt Lake City Fire Station #1. The 2001 painting depicts two firefighters among the rubble of the terror attacks on 9/11/2001. The painting is approximately 3’5” by 4’4” on canvas and is framed.
The donor provided a note along with the work, articulating the intention of the donation. It reads: “Dear Salt Lake City Fire Department, Station #1 – I have been the custodian of this portrait A Prayer for my Brother since 2002. Now I would like to pass it on to the SLC firefighters who selflessly commit their lives to keep our city safe. Thank you for your service, Anonymous.”
Salt Lake City sent first responders to ground zero in 2001, so there is connection between the A Prayer for my Brother and the Salt Lake City fire Department.
Artwork featured in header: Through the Safety Lens by Alexander Tylevich