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6. THE SLURRY WALLS
The foundations of the World Trade Center, and especially the "slurry walls," which keep back the Hudson River and withstood the attack on September 11, were the inspiration for Libeskind's design. "The slurry walls represented everything I believe in," he said in his presentation. "Despite what happened at the site, they stood. They testify as eloquently as the Constitution itself to the value of life, freedom and democracy." The exposed foundations of the original towers (shown here as they would be seen from September 11 Plaza, near the intersection of Fulton and Greenwich, looking to the west) will be a major part of the memorial space. The slurry walls will need to be reinforced and covered with glass in order to withstand the elements and continue to stand firm.


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