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Thank You for Making Tribute in Light Possible

tribute-in-light-nyc-10-600x420MAS wishes to thank our numerous supporters and donors who have contributed to Tribute in Light for more than ten years. Tribute, first proudly presented by MAS in 2002 to commemorate the tragic events of September 11, will now be administered by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation. The twin-beam memorial will become a part of the annual programming produced by the Foundation. Continue Reading>>

Tribute in Light and the September 11 Memorial & Museum

tribute-in-light-nyc-10-600x420MAS is working with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation to transition Tribute in Light to the Memorial.  The Foundation has been in discussions with MAS since last year’s 10th anniversary. MAS has produced Tribute in Light for the last 10 years. It was independently conceived by several artists and designers including John Bennett, Gustavo Bonevardi, Richard Nash Gould, Julian Laverdiere and Paul Myoda with lighting consultant Paul Marantz, who were all brought together under the auspices of MAS and Creative Time. Continue Reading>>

Help MAS Guarantee the Future of Tribute in Light

tribute in light nyc wtc memorial beamsAs New York prepares to commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, MAS is once again setting up for its presentation of Tribute in Light. The majestic beams of light will illuminate the Lower Manhattan sky beginning at dusk on Sunday, September 11, and fading with the dawn on Monday. MAS first presented Tribute in Light on March 11, 2002, six months after the World Trade Center attacks. Considered by many to be one of the most powerful and healing works of public art ever conceived, it was co-founded by MAS and Creative Time, and is now presented annually by MAS. Continue Reading>>

11 To Watch: Our 2011 Livability Watch List

11 For 2011 WatchlistThe Municipal Art Society released a list of 11 initiatives and places that will have the most significant effect on livability in New York City in 2011. “Each item on our Livability Watch List has the potential to profoundly change the way New Yorkers experience their communities and their city,” said Vin Cipolla, MAS president. “How they progress in 2011 will affect livability in New York and cities everywhere.” Continue Reading>>

Tribute In Light 2010

tribute-in-light-nyc-9-600x420At dusk last Saturday, MAS presented its 9th annual Tribute In Light, twin blue beams of light honoring the victims of the September 11 World Trade Center attacks. At a private ceremony held on the site of the memorial, MAS Senior Advisor Frank Sanchis spoke about the beginning of Tribute In Light. “We took a parking lot, built scaffolds, found 88 lights which we had to get from around the country, and set it up that year on the six-month anniversary of the attacks on March 2002,” he said. “The Tribute immediately became popular and caught the public’s imagination, and the Municipal Art Society was inspired to produce it again the next year.” Continue Reading>>

MAS Thanks New York City Audubon for Tribute In Light Partnership

tribute-in-light-nycThe majestic twin beams of Tribute In Light were on display from dusk Saturday, September 11, to dawn Sunday, September 12. In addition to the wonderful photos we received from viewers in New York and New Jersey, we received some inquiries from viewers who noticed that the lights had been shut off at several points during the night. Since the first production of Tribute In Light in 2002, MAS has worked closely with the New York City Audubon Society to ensure that the memorial’s powerful beams do not harm birds flying in Tribute’s path. Continue Reading>>

Tribute In Light Shines Tomorrow

tribute light beams on roof closeupTribute In Light, the majestic blue twin beams honoring the victims of the September 11 World Trade Center attacks, will illuminate the lower Manhattan skyline beginning tomorrow at dusk, and fading with the dawn of September 12. The project is presented annually by MAS, and was co-founded by MAS and Creative Time. Tribute In Light was featured today in a wonderful The New York Times piece, quoting MAS President Vin Cipolla about plans to find a permanent home for the project. You can read the story here. MAS maintains a photo archive of Tribute In Light. If you’d like to add yours, upload them to the Tribute In Light Flickr group. We will post our favorites next week.

MAS Begins Production of Tribute In Light

tribute light beams on roofAs New York prepares to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, MAS is arranging for its annual presentation of Tribute In Light. A world-renowned symbol of commemoration and healing, Tribute In Light’s majestic beams of light will illuminate the lower Manhattan sky beginning at dusk on Saturday, September 11, and fading with the dawn of Sunday, September 12. Funded by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, with the generous support of Con Edison, the project was co-founded by MAS and Creative Time. Tribute In Light was first presented on April 11, 2002, six months after the attacks. Continue Reading>>

Tribute in Light® 2009

tribute-in-light-nyc-8-600x420Last Friday, on the eighth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, MAS contributing level members and higher joined MAS staff and directors to view the illumination of the Tribute in Light® from the downtown rooftop that houses the great battery of lights, accompanied by a brief lecture from architectural historian Francis Morrone on the tradition of using light as commemoration. Though the lights were partially obscured by low cloud and inclement weather, many of the images in the slideshow were taken during this year’s illumination. The Tribute in Light honors those who were lost on September 11, as well as those who worked so hard to get our city through its greatest trial. The idea for the lights was independently conceived by several artists and designers, who were brought together under the auspices of the Municipal Art Society and Creative Time. The Tribute in Light is now produced annually by the MAS on the September 11th anniversary. It was designed by John Bennett, Gustavo Bonevardi, Richard Nash Gould, Julian Laverdiere, Paul Myoda and lighting designer Paul Marantz. Tribute in Light is made possible by a grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and with the generous assistance of Con Edison. To learn more about the history of the project and how it is put together annually, click here to watch a narrated slideshow.

Tribute in Light: The Eighth Anniversary

tribute in light flag half raisedThis Friday the Tribute in Light will illuminate the skies over Lower Manhattan for the eighth year to commemorate the attacks on the World Trade Center. The Tribute in Light honors those who were lost on September 11, as well as those who worked so hard to get our city through its greatest trial. The idea for the lights was independently conceived by several artists and designers, who were brought together under the auspices of the Municipal Art Society and Creative Time. The Tribute in Light is now produced annually by the MAS on the September 11th anniversary. It was designed by John Bennett, Gustavo Bonevardi, Richard Nash Gould, Julian Laverdiere, Paul Myoda and lighting designer Paul Marantz. Tribute in Light is made possible by a grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and with the generous assistance of Con Edison. Continue Reading>>

Wall Street Rising and MAS Announce Strategic Alliance

lower manhattan skyline aerial 516pxJulie Menin, founder and board member of Wall Street Rising, and Vin Cipolla, president of the Municipal Art Society of New York, announced today a strategic alliance to bring new planning and public programming resources to Lower Manhattan. Wall Street Rising was established immediately after the September 11, 2001 to help restore vitality to the financial district. “With the explosive population growth that has occurred in Lower Manhattan over the past several years, the community is facing enormous infrastructure challenges,” said Ms. Menin, Chairperson of Community Board 1. “After considering several organizations, the board of Wall Street Rising was delighted to partner with MAS, the city’s premier planning and advocacy organization, as we begin to focus attention on new planning initiatives.” The WSR-MAS alliance has been accomplished through a transfer of stewardship in which Mr. Cipolla succeeds Ms. Menin as president of Wall Street Rising. Ms. Menin remains on the board. She also serves on the MAS board. Wall Street Rising’s financial assets of approximately $1 million will be available to provide funding for joint projects, including strategic planning initiatives and public programming and walking tours that celebrate the history, development and culture of Lower Manhattan. Continue Reading>>

Updates on Ground Zero; Museum of Arts and Design Opens

wtc memorial rendering oldPort Authority officials have developed a simplified plan for the transit hub at Ground Zero, allowing the 9/11 Memorial to be complete in time for the tenth anniversary of the attacks, says the  New York Times; the plan must still be approved by the Authority commissioners.  The proposed alterations to the transit hub are underneath the memorial and would retain architect Santiago Calatrava’s bird-like design for the street level building.  MAS is still searching for funding to continue the “Tribute in Light” memorial to the 9/11 attacks as well as a permanent location for the installation. Meanwhile, the New York Sun reports that the Port Authority may miss a deadline to hand over Tower 2 of the World Trade Center to the developer Silverstein Properties, incurring even more penalties. In other news, Nicolai Ouroussoff, architecture critic for the New York Times, considers the redesign of 2 Columbus Circle, which opens this weekend. Continue Reading>>