Photo courtesy: Handel Architects
What architect Michael Arad hoped to accomplish with his winning design for the 9/11 Memorial was “the built equivalent of a moment of silence,” he says in a video interview posted by Dartmouth College, his alma mater, shortly before the memorial opened on Sept. 11, 2011.
Central to his “Reflecting Absence” design are two pools with cascading water, set 30 feet deep in the footprints of New York City’s former World Trade Center towers, surrounded by the names of those who died in the terrorist attacks. The water, he says, is a marker of time, “incessantly moving forward, but being unable to fill this void.”
Hear Arad talk about the sometimes-contentious (and costly) project at the Weinstein JCC on Jan. 30. 7:30 p.m. $50. 5403 Monument Ave. 285-6500 or weinsteinjcc.org/cultural-arts/jcc-forum.