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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Scott Yager

For how long? Indefinitely?

Walt Dickinson

I think the article says that the lights will go for a month and another memorial will be there until the reconstruction starts, which is a ways off. But I didn’t read the story super-closely so I may be off.

Jessyca Wallace

I wish they’d leave them up forever. They’re so beautiful and that “ghostly” look really captures not only the towers’ original construction, but the impermanence of human life, too.

Rachelle Bowden

i cant wait to see them monday..