Gizmodo.com’s How Reflecting Absence Became America’s Most Expensive Public Memorial higlights the design of this $500 million dollar memorial. The design was based on architect Micheal Arad’s winning submission for the 9/11 Memorial design competition.
“The memorial occupies approximately half of the 16-acre World Trade Center site and features two enormous waterfalls above reflecting pools set in the footprints of the original buildings. Its design is meant to convey a spirit of hope and renewal while commemorating the lives lost in both the 1993 and 2001 attacks.”
“The centerpiece of the memorial is its twin waterfalls—the largest man-made falls on the continent—that flow into the voids left by the original towers. Eight pumps circulate 52,000 gallons of water every minute over their edges, which are covered in finger-like structures that cause the water flow in rivulets. Around the falls’ run copper parapets listing the names of the2,800 men, women, and children killed.”