As a memorial to the loss of so many precious lives on 9/11 the ‘Tribute In Light’ only appears once a year. It shines On September 11 from dusk through to the dawn of the next day. But it is a powerful and glorious statement about loss, grief and resurrection as day dawns once more. It is two vertical columns of light spearing into the night sky that are phantom Twin Towers.
Originally a joint project of the NYC’s Municipal Arts Society and Consolidated Edison, this light display has now become an annual tribute. It is made up of 88 Xenon light bulbs, each one 7,000 watts strong. They are arranged in two 48 foot squares that approximate to the size and orientatioin of the original twin towers that were destroyed on 9/11.
It is assembled each year close to the World Trade Center and the lights reach 4 miles into the sky and are the strongest shafts of light ever projected frome earth at night time. See the video for a great view of just how amazing this light sculpture is.
On 9/11 2015 the 9/11 memorial will be closed for the day to the public though families who lost a loved one on that day are allowed in. The 9/11 memorial Plaza will open at dusk to allow people to see the ‘Tribute in Light’ and will close at midnight.
The nearby St Paul’s Chapel at 209 Broadway which played such a significant role post 9/11 supporting emergency workkers on the site of the twin towers will sound a traditional firefighters salute with their bells at 8.46am at the time the first plane struck. And at 12.30pm they will hold a Mass for peace.