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9/11 Memorial
Financial District

Years of planning went into this monument, which opened on the tenth anniversary of the Sept 11 attacks. Called “Reflecting Absence,” the design by architect Michael Arad features two reflecting pools that sit within the footprint of each of the Twin Towers. The water elements are surrounded by oak trees, and the placement of that plant life is not random. “The first ring of trees around each pool is exactly 212 feet across, from one side to the other, and that’s the dimension of the towers,” explains Arad. “All of the structural steel columns [of the Twin Towers] were on the perimeter of the building, and where those columns used to be, we have these trees growing.” Arad believes that the timbers function as a living memorial to the fallen buildings. “It’s a nice way of demarcating the tower footprints without being very literal about it,” he says. Bronze panels surrounding the pools are inscribed with the names of victims of the September 11 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Venue name: The 9/11 Memorial and Museum
Address: Enter at Liberty Street and Greenwich Street
New York

Venue phone: 212-312-8800
Website: http://911memorial.org
Opening hours: Daily 10am–8pm
Transport: Subway: A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4, or 5 trains to Fulton Street,2 or 3 trains to Park Place, E train to World Trade Center,R train to Rector Street, R train to Cortlandt Street, 1 train to Rector Street
Price: Free
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