Finalists Chosen for Design of World Trade Center Memorial
Nov 2003, 01:15 UTC
Eight final designs for a memorial to honor the victims of the September 11,
2001 terrorist attacks were announced today in New York City. The designs incorporate
light, gardens, water and inscribed names to honor the more than three thousand
victims of the attacks.
Suspension - Norman Lee and Michael Lewis, houston, Texas
The eight finalists had many competitors. More that 5,200 designs were submitted
by people from 49 U.S. states and 62 countries.
In accordance with the competition guidelines, all eight designs recognize
the so-called "footprints" where the World Trade Center towers once stood.
They honor the people killed on September 11 and in an earlier attack on the
Twin Towers in 1993. And the memorial designs create a final resting place
for unidentified remains.
John Whitehead, the chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation,
which is overseeing the rebuilding process, said the finalists all use organic
elements that reflect a profound sense of humanity. "Their vocabularies are elemental.
Their designs draw upon the elements of light, water, earth and life itself.
With these simple, yet profound elements, these eight teams have each crafted
a unique place for us to contemplate, reflect, and seek our own peace with the
tragic events of September 11," he said.
|Lower Waters -
Bradley Campbell and Matthias Neumann, Brooklyn, New York
The final designs are on display near the World Trade Center site. A video
at the public exhibition features the eight teams, whose members are from the
United States, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Taiwan and Venezuela.
In the video, Norman Lee, a Texas-based museum exhibition developer describes
his team's idea, which includes a staircase that descends to a dark underground
sanctuary, where suspended votive lights represent each victim.
In another design, lights illuminate the names of the victims from a vaulted
structure that resembles a cathedral. Some of the designs include reflecting
pools, trees planted with the soil from the 92 nations where the victims came
from, and glass panels that show pictures of the faces of people killed in the
|Dual Memory -
Brian Strawn and Karla Sierralta, Chicago, Illinois
Some of the designs list the names of victims alphabetically while others
list them according to where they died.
The jury, which is made up of academics, public servants, architects and
memorial designers, is expected to choose a design for the World Trade Center
memorial by the end of the year.