NEW YORK – September 11th 2011:
Just a few hours before the opening ceremony of the – now named – National September 11th Memorial, the first images were revealed to New York’s newest and most popular landmark. Ground Zero – once a black hole of despair – has seen changes that took 10 years to happen, turning a place that was once tied to the thoughts of millions with death, into a place of calmness, sorrow, and remembrance.
The National September 11th Memorial is part of the new World Trade Center development, Consisting of four new skyscrapers surrounding the memorial where the old twin towers once stood.
Where the twin towers of the World Trade Center once stood now lies two granite pools in its footprints with waterfalls cascading 30 feet below. They one-acre size pools sprawl out across the World Trade Center plaza – one to signify each fallen tower. They are bordered by bronze panels inscribed by the names of all those who perished at the hands of terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, at the Pentagon, in New York and in Pennsylvania.
Four hundred swamp white trees line the plaza and a small clearing known as the Memorial Glade is set aside for special ceremonies, according to the New York Post. A navy-blue flag adorned with 40 gold stars to represent the passengers and crew members who died on United Airlines Flight 93 billows high above the site.
We will continue to update this post, with events from the opening ceremony on the 11th and 12th, as it opens to the public after a decade has gone. stay tuned
Photo Update: More pictures surfaced today, taken by Jill Fehrenbacher & Amanda Silvana Coen for Inhabitat