Reflecting Absence Memorial
Public Art : Reflecting Absence Memorial
Also Known as : The 9/11 Memorial Fountains and the
Ground Zero Memorial Fountains
Designer: © Michael Arad
Architect: Peter Walker
Description: Two massive cascading water
fountains replacing the foundations of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center which were destroyed following the
terrorist attack on September 11th, 2001. The water in the 1 acre pools blast 26,000 gallons a minute of water
over 30 foot deep granite walls. The names of the victims of September 11th and the attacks of 1993 are
etched into a bronze parapet that is back lit for people to read at night.
Date Unveiled: On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11
attacks. September 11th, 2011.
Location: Ground Zero, site of the World Trade
Center, Manhattan, New York City.
Background to the 9/11 Memorial : Michael Arad was
picked from an international competition to design the memorial to the victims of 9/11. There were 5,201
submissions from 63 nations and from 49 states of America. The design has been revised several times since its
initial conception in consultation with architect Peter Walker.
Trivia : The 9/11 Memorial fountains are the largest
manmade fountains in the United States of America.