Friday, September 10, 2010
Tribute Light to Shine in Memory of 9/11
September 10, 2010, 1:25 pm
‘Tribute in Light’ Will Keep Shining, This Year and the Next
By DAVID W. DUNLAP
“We are in the planning stages of trying to determine its longer-term future,” Mr. Cipolla said. “M.A.S. would like to see it become a permanent memorial. That would require either a piece of ground or a long-term commitment to a rooftop.” The 88 searchlights that produce the two beams are currently arrayed once a year on the roof deck of the Battery Garage, six blocks south of the World Trade Center site. But there is no guarantee how long that space will be available.
The ideal solution, Mr. Cipolla said, would be “if the beams could be fully suspended in the air, without the need for any terrestrial fixture.”
In any case, he said, there are no plans to incorporate Tribute in Light into the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the trade center site. “It’s seen as a separate, public art presentation,” Mr. Cipolla said.
That independence suits Gustavo Bonevardi, one of the creators of the installation, together with John Bennett, Richard Nash Gould, Julian LaVerdiere and Paul Myoda, working with Paul Marantz, a lighting designer, and Michael Ahern, an event producer.
“Because Tribute in Light is visible from so many places,” Mr. Bonevardi said, “it belongs to the city as a whole and not to this one ’sacred spot.’ The Tribute in Light has never been on ground zero, but it seems to have hit a nerve with the city and to have been very healing.”
It is to begin at dusk on Saturday and fade, as always, with the arrival of the dawn on Sept. 12.
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