Reflecting Absence Memorial

Reflecting Absence Memorial, Ground Zero, New York, public art

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.

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