March 6, 2002

Light It Up

9-11 Memorial

“Ethereal towers of light, visible for miles around, will pierce the Lower Manhattan skyline starting Monday evening. The two light beams, made up of 88 intense searchlights arrayed in two side-by-side 50-foot squares, will cost about a half-million dollars, which covers the installation, security and a lighting technician. Con Edison, the electric utility, is donating the electricity, which will be drawn not from existing electric service in the area but from a power grid once used by an Embassy Suites Hotel that has yet to reopen since Sept. 11. Six artists and architects collaborated on the lighting design.” Nice.

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