By Brian Strawn and Karla Sierralt
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This designs creates a space on the spot
of each of the twin towers; one representing each individual
victim and the other representing the collective loss of
September 11. 2,982 lights illuminate a covered area on
the spot of the North Tower. Water flows down glass walls
with images of the victims. A burial site for the unidentified
victims is located at the bedrock level serves as a private
area for the families of the victims.
The other memorial contains 92 sugar maple
trees, symbolizing the 92 countries from which the victims
of 9/11 came. A path descends downward through this area,
with its lowest point at the center.
Both Brian Strawn, from rural Illinois,
and Karla Sierralta, from Venezuela, work at architecture firms in
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The memory of an individual and the combined memory of the community
as a whole are embodied by the footprints of the former World
Trade Center Towers and the new future for the area. On a personal level,
and as members
of our larger communities, we were all affected by the terrorist
attacks on February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001. The footprints serve
healing points for our great losses.
Elements of water reflect
light and memory.
2,982 light portals shine over the "Individual Memory Footprint",
where the North Tower of the WTC once stood. Each light glows with individual
intensity, honoring all of the victims who died. Elements of water embrace
and reflect memories related to those we lost, those who survived and
the selfless actions of those who aided in rescue, recovery and healing.
The journey to the emotional center of the footprint is a personal experience.
Evolving images are reflected as water flows down the walls that support
the plane of water above. On glass and stone, the names are revealed.
Here, as stories are shared, they become part of our collective. A final
resting place for the unidentified remains embraces a private area for
family members and loved ones. This space, at bedrock, becomes the most
Elements of earth create spaces that frame the sky.
92 Sugar Maples trees stand on the "Shared Memory Footprint".
The space, where the South Tower of the WTC once stood, is devoted to
the shared loss of a community, a city, a country, and the world. These
native trees of New York grow as a symbol of new life in the soil of
each of the 92 nations brought together by the great tragedies. A shared
path guides visitors through bands of nature that form around the emotional
center of the footprint. Stone walls that carry messages of hope from
each of the countries and a bed of wild roses surround this quiet space
for meditation and contemplation.
The emotional centers of each of the footprints resonate
at a different pace. The constantly evolving stories of
the individual inform the more slowly developing shared
perspective of the collective.
These encounter one another, exchange their composition,
and form landscaped patterns allowing for intimate and
gatherings. Although the intensity
of the lights changes during the course of day, and the
trees weather with the passing of the seasons, the footprints
will act as a constant
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