World Trade Center Memorial

On New Year's Day, 2002, I awoke with a vision of a memorial to the events of 9-11, 2001 at the World Trade Center. I got up and drew a sketch, and later created the study model in clay seen here. Like the phoenix rising from the ashes of destruction, these twin towers of white concrete rise from bronze flames and actual remains of the WTC towers. The towers terminate in a male personification of the Will and Power to protect and defend, and a female personifcation of Hope, Healing, and looking forward to a world where peace can take flight. A year or so later an architectural design competition for the entire site was held, which I entered, presenting the plan shown here. It incorporates the original sculptural vision along with other design elements.

 

 Among other elements the site design includes two large rectangular pools of water. From the center of one rises a spherical museum  approached by a "floating" walkway. Around the perimeter of the other is a rectangular retaining wall composed of thousands of compartments, each with a name of the 9-11 victims, and a locked drawer in which could be placed photos and other memorabilia from that person's life. It is on the tenth anniversary of 9-11 that I have posted here this entry which was among the many hundreds not choosen by the competion committee.