A week ago I had the opportunity to spend a day in NYC. It was a whirlwind visit but well worth getting up super early and arriving home late. Part of the day was spent at the 9/11 Memorial. As you would expect, it was moving and beautiful. I was very pleased to see the design was calmingly simple. The mood of the crowd was respectful and the sun was shining without interruption from fussy clouds. There were lots of terrific reflections from the pools and from the surrounding glass sheathed buildings. They reflected each other perfectly. Reflections of reflections. Which, I'm sure, was all part of the plan but it's still a wonder and a marvel to me. And now I'll have a different visual of this place. Not that the other visuals will ever leave me, I still have difficulty watching those hideous images. I will never forget them. But at least now there is another picture and another memory to soften those edges just a tiny bit. I really never thought anything could take even a small bite out of that event. The reflections of this place aren't entirely ugly anymore. They mirror back the lives that were lost, hopefully bringing our focus back to where it belongs.
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. The display of these names is the very heart of the Memorial. The design of the names parapet provides a direct relationship between the visitor, the names, and the water, allowing for a feeling of quiet reverence between the visitor and the Memorial. 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.
My entire set of images can be found here: http://smu.gs/xjXZeE