My SIL Isabelle Paez sent me photos of the 9/11 Memorial. I haven’t been here yet. The first and last time I was actually in Ground Zero was 5 months after the attack. My husband and I were there as journalists. It was hard to describe what we were seeing. Then with every succeeding trip to New York, it wasn’t like we went out of our way to visit the site. In fact, the times I went to Century 21 to look for bargains, I purposely looked away. It was hard to be reminded of the horror. Our dear friend Joe Katanik walked down from the 56th floor of the South Tower when the second plane hit his building. He was able to get out and help people along the way. But he also saw a lot of people go back up. I cannot imagine the healing and understanding that had to and still has to happen.
This is what the 9/11 Memorial looks like now based on the winning design of architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker. An international design competition was held in 2003 for a national memorial to remember and honor the people killed in terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. Design submissions totaled 5,201 and were received from 63 nations. (Source: 9/11 Memorial)
There are two enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools, each about an acre in size, set within the footprints of the original twin towers. Based on the design overview, this conveys a spirit of hope and renewal, and creates a contemplative space separate from the usual sights and sounds of a bustling metropolis.
The nearly 3,000 names of the men, women, and children killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 are inscribed on bronze parapets surrounding the twin Memorial pools. Names are organized according to which tower and floor they occupied. Hence they are listed with whom they died. Those who died in the planes are also together. Photo by Isabelle Paez.
Names are stencil-cut into the parapets, allowing visitors to look through the names at the water, and to create paper impressions or rubbings of individual names. At night, light shines up through the voids created by each letter of a name. Photo by Isabelle Paez.
Aerial rendering of Memorial and Museum
Image credit, Squared Design Lab; Courtesy, National 9/11 Memorial & Museum; Taken, September 07, 2010.
This image appears in the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum set in the WTC Renderings gallery.
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