Loc: Alexandria, VA
... and the winner is:<br><br><br><br>Reflecting Absence ...<br><br>One of the better designs, IMHO ... it will be interesting to see what the changes are in the final design =)<br><br>***matt<br><br>Turn up the signal, wipe out the noise ...
I also like the design. I visited the WTC the same day I went to MWNY 01 and 6 weeks later was Sep 11th. I visited ground zero the same day I visited the SoHo store and MWNY 02. We had visited some friends that have a good size graphics business only blocks from where the WTC was and they ofcourse we're profoundly effected by that day and suggested we go down there. I was glad I did. It was amazing to see the tributes left by so many people and to see and hear all the people passing by the fence surrounding what use to be the WTC. So many different tongues being spoken. Like a tower of babel in reverse. And all, including young children, being respectful of what they where seeing and what happened to the victims there.<br><br><br><br><br>
I like the memorial design. It was my favorite from when they first started leaking the designs out some time back. But I don't get it. Is this a temporary installation? I mean, aren't they building the new "freedom" tower (not to ever be called a French tower he says jokingly) at that site?<br><br>
This has been one of the most emotionally charged and frustrating processes I've ever witnessed — for both the WTC reconstruction and this memorial. Typical of anything that happens in this town, it's been played out at the tops of lungs and the ends of wits.<br><br>And already, the voices of dissent are being heard over the memorial. There is a small but very vocal group of victim's families who, unfortunately, have parlayed their tragic loss into something akin to rock-star status, and who have pouted and stamped their feet over every step since these projects began. They have taken the position that the new WTC and the memorial are about themselves only. I know that sounds terribly cold, but while this group undeniably holds immeasurable emotional equity in the outcome, they come to the table with very little collateral in terms of the knowledge and experience required to guide a project like this through it's development. The result has been delay after detour after revision after delay.<br><br>The city and state and architects and planners have bent over backwards to appease these folks, but have finally begun to realize that this is also about much more than the victims and survivors alone. Things are finally moving forward, and those that have sought to hold progress back for reasons that are all too personal are finally being urged to step back and let the work begin.<br><br>I'm sure the WTC and the memorial designs will undergo yet more revisions before they're done, but it's good to see the future taking tangible shape.<br><br>
Couple of weeks ago I had to take the PATH train to NJ. I decided to leave from the newly reopened WTC station. Talk about being creeped out. The upper level of the station is a huge covered concourse, open on 3 sides, and jutting out into The Pit. You're literally standing in what was once the WTC. The covered causeway that I used to take from the subway station under the Towers into the Winter Garden and the American Express Tower across the street is still standing there, connected to, well... nothing. <br><br>It was a very strange feeling, and had I known what to expect, I'd have taken the damn PATH from 14th St. instead. <br><br>
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