Remembering 9/11 (Tribute in Light)
Tribute in Light is a temporary art installation of 88 searchlights that was placed next to the site of the World Trade Center from March 11 to April 14, 2002 to create two vertical columns of light in remembrance of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The tribute was launched again in 2003, to mark the second anniversary of the attack, and has been done every year since on September 11, to mark the anniversary.
Until this year the lights have been located in a parking lot about 2 blocks north of the World trade Center site. This year that parking lot is now the construction site of the new Goldman Sachs tower. The lights were moved 6 blocks south of the WTC site to roof of the Battery Garage owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
On clear nights, the lights can be seen from over 60 miles away, clearly 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. Pilots have claimed to have seen the beams from their cockpits in the sky over Cleveland, Ohio.
The project was originally going to be named Towers of Light until some people complained that the name emphasized the buildings destroyed instead of the people who died.
The light display cost the city of New York about $350,000 a year to display. Because of this cost, The New York Times reported that the future of the lights is uncertain past 2009
About this photo: I took this photo in 2005 in Jersey City near the Exchange Place PATH Station. Directly behind me, is a sculpture made out of steel that was recovered from the WTC.
This is the final photo in this series.
PLEASE VIEW LARGE!
I would like to thank everyone for all of your supportive comments on the photos in this series and the Personal Messages I have received from you. Thank you for staying with me during this very personal journey. Much progress has taken place in the past six years. The site is filled with cranes as the rebuilding continues. If you visit the site today you can see:
-- World Trade Center 7 -- Completed March 2006. This is the 1st of the new buildings to be finished. It is now 75% rented.
-- Expansion of the bathtub. The slurry wall is being expanded to increase the size of the site. This wall keeps the waters of the Hudson River out of the site.
-- Deutsche Bank Building -- This once 40 story office tower completed in 1974 has now been whittled down to 26 stories as it is slowly being deconstructed. That process is now on hold as two firefighters lost their lives putting out a fire in the building that was started by careless smoking by a construction worker.
--Transportation Center -- The foundation of this structure is well on the way that when completed will look something like a Venus Fly Trap.
-- Freedom Tower -- The foundation is completed and the floors are starting to rise from the pit. By the end of the year, it should be visible above street level.