The 2010 Tribute in Light (9/11 Memorial)

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"By the dawn of the 21st Century, New York had also emerged as one of the most strangely paradoxical cities on Earth. At once bewildering diverse and cosmopolitan and yet in many ways surprisingly insular and inward-looking. As if the process of globalization had mainly meant gathering in the world's peoples and riches without involvement in the world's conflicts and divisions" -Ric Burns, New York: A Documentary Film.

9/11/2001: Never Forget

The Tribute in Light is an art installation of 88 searchlights placed next to the site of the World Trade Center to create two vertical columns of light in remembrance of the September 11 attacks.

It initially ran as a temporary installation from March 11 to April 14, 2002, and was launched again in 2003 to mark the second anniversary of the attack. As of 2009, it has been repeated every year on September 11. It had been announced that 2008 would be its final year,[1] but the tribute was continued in 2009.[2] On December 17, 2009, it was confirmed that the tribute would continue through to the tenth anniversary of the attacks in 2011.

On clear nights, the lights could be seen from over 60 miles away, visible in all of New York City and most of suburban Northern New Jersey and Long Island, Fairfield, Connecticut, Westchester County and Rockland County, New York. The beams were clearly visible from the terrace at Century Country Club in Purchase, New York, from at least as far west as western Morris County, in Flanders, New Jersey, and as far south near Trenton, New Jersey in nearby Hamilton.
Since 2008, the generators that power Tribute in Light have been fueled with recycled biodiesel.[4]

History of the Project

Conceived in the aftermath of the September 11th tragedies, Tribute in Light is a temporary artistic gesture bringing together the vision and talent of numerous individuals who, shortly after the attacks, independently envisioned two beams of light rising from downtown New York. Finding support for their ideas, they joined forces in the spirit of the rescue and recovery effort downtown. The creative team consists of architects John Bennett and Gustavo Bonevardi of PROUN Space Studio, artists Julian LaVerdiere and Paul Myoda, architect Richard Nash Gould, and lighting designer Paul Marantz. Production support was provided by two non-profit cultural institutions The Municipal Art Society and Creative Time, with the assistance of Battery Park City Authority.

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  1. Kbigan 56 months ago | reply

    Great perspective!!

  2. Pan.101 56 months ago | reply

    explore the beautiful ,extremely well done.

  3. Melbourne Art Lover [deleted] 53 months ago | reply

    stunning image

  4. drocpsu 51 months ago | reply

    this is amazing. Great shot.

  5. Dead End Girl 50 months ago | reply

    Wonderful shot :)

  6. b80399 46 months ago | reply

    awesome! well done!

  7. nshbn 45 months ago | reply

    Truly incredible! Enjoyed the rest of your photo stream too!

  8. visiblejoy 44 months ago | reply

    Informative and beautiful. Such sad memory.

  9. Nicholas Cottrell 44 months ago | reply

    Wow, your pictures capture this brilliantly for folks across the world to see (in my case the UK) - it's been nice to discover your work through one of the groups and you are extremely talented. Good work!

  10. mark reddington2011 40 months ago | reply

    great work really is

  11. 22 months ago | reply

    This must be on of the most epic photospots in New York City. Such an awesome view.

  12. americanadian_8 18 months ago | reply

    that's a ridiculously fantastic photo.

  13. janetplattner 9 months ago | reply

    Touched my heart

    Would love to buy a copy if possible...can do?!

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