The World Trade Center Memorial

1304 Words Dec 15th, 2015 6 Pages
World Trade Center Memorial The World Trade Center Memorial commemorates the September 11, 2001,attacks and the bombing that occurred at the World Trade Center in 1993. The memorial can be found at the former location of the Twin Towers in New York. These fountains that rest in the footprints of the towers are a powerful reminders of our nations history and all the lives that were lost that day. This memorial is ultimately successful because it evokes emotion, whether that be sadness or possibly a feeling of serenity or stillness. The memorial was commissioned by Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. “An international design competition was held in 2003 for selecting the design for a national memorial to remember and honor the people killed in terrorist attacks. Design submissions totaled 5,201 and were received from 63 nations.” Among the finalist Micheal Arad’s design stood out the most. I think his design was partially chosen since it was a lot easier to imagine in the plaza then his fellow competitors’ designs. Maya Lin, pushed for Arad’s design. Maya Lin and Arad have similar design concepts being that they both captured the concept of “Quiet Dignity” in their memorials and Maya Lin recognized that. Peter Walker a landscape architect collaborated with Arad’s designs so the plaza didn 't have a barren feel and was more inviting. ‘Arad still gets agitated at suggestions that Walker is somehow the “co-designer”…
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