Fol­lowing the shock and horror of the ter­rorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Massachusetts-​​based graphic designer Robin Masi knew she wanted to help others reach a better under­standing of those inex­plic­able events through her art.

Since that day nearly 10 years ago, Masi has vis­ited Ground Zero numerous times, pro­ducing char­coal draw­ings that depict the archi­tec­ture sur­rounding the site—and convey not only the dev­as­ta­tion but also the hope and rebirth that exist there.

The perimeter had a pow­erful, mournful pres­ence that I wanted to respond to in some way,” Masi said. ”I wanted to por­tray the phys­i­cality of the site.”

Masi’s draw­ings are part of an instal­la­tion coming to Northeastern’s Gallery 360 later this month to mark the 10th anniver­sary of 9/​11. The exhi­bi­tion, named “The Wit­ness Project,” is spon­sored by the university’s Spir­i­tual Life Center, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Boston-​​based Sacred Threads Women’s Spir­i­tu­ality Center.

This instal­la­tion will offer a unique oppor­tu­nity for the North­eastern com­mu­nity and others to reflect on the ongoing impact of 9/​11,” said Shelli Jankowski-​​Smith, director of Spir­i­tual Life.

Looking at it through someone’s artistic vision and con­sid­ering the spir­i­tual impact along with the phys­ical and emo­tional impact of the attacks is really impor­tant at this moment in time,” said Jankowski-​​Smith.

Gallery 360, located on the 2nd floor of Ell Hall, pro­vides a venue for art exhi­bi­tions that enrich the intel­lec­tual life and cre­ative expres­sion of North­eastern stu­dents, fac­ulty and the broader community.

The “Wit­ness Project” instal­la­tion will run from Aug. 22 through Sept. 13, with a spe­cial open house on Sept. 11.

The exhi­bi­tion will also fea­ture video footage from Masi’s site visits and audio inter­views with neigh­bors and rescue workers. Gar­ments such as shoes, gloves, a priest’s vest­ments and firemen’s gear—which heighten viewers’ sense of the human toll on 9/11—will also be on display.

The char­coal draw­ings, which range in size and scope, include a new piece Masi cre­ated for the instal­la­tion of the New York City Freedom Tower cur­rently under con­struc­tion, which she says exem­pli­fies the site’s rebirth. Another drawing shows St. Paul’s Chapel, which served as a hub for rescue workers and once had pow­erful memo­rials lining its fence.

Each time I go to Ground Zero, I find a real sense of hope and [spir­i­tu­ality] that coun­ter­bal­ances what one would expect to see,” Masi said. “That is what I’m trying to create with this installation.”

I‘m not just doc­u­menting the tragic aspect. I was moved by the duality that exists, and I wanted people to expe­ri­ence this in their own way.”