The 9/11 Memorial has only been open 7 months and is still very much a work in progress, with construction happening all around the perimeter, but the beauty of this space is already quite evident.
In the footprints of the Twin Towers that were destroyed in 2001, there are two square reflecting pools; each of them an acre in size, with the largest man-made waterfalls in the United States cascading down the sides of each pool. The names of those who lost their lives that day, in the towers, in the airplanes and on the ground in rescue attempts, adorn the edges of each pool. The sound of the tumbling water is enough to drown out all ambient construction clamour, lending a truly contemplative atmosphere to the space. In the centre of each pool is yet another square, into which the surrounding water tumbles once again, evoking the void that was left in the wake of the attacks and the terrible loss of life.
It is early days yet for this memorial. The museum isn’t scheduled to open until September of this year; the landscaping is still taking shape and many of the surrounding buildings are only partially completed, but you can already get a very clear sense of the sanctuary this space is destined to become in the heart of New York City.
If you are planning a visit, reservations are required and can be made online.