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August 25th, 2010, 11:50 am
As 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.
“Tribute In Light is one of the most poignant reminders of the tremendous losses we suffered on that day, as well as the resilience we as a city displayed in the aftermath of September 11,” said MAS President Vin Cipolla. “I am so proud that MAS continues to present Tribute to honor the victims as well as those who worked tirelessly to help the city deal with its greatest trial.”
Comprising 88 7,000-watt xenon light bulbs positioned into 48-foot squares that echo the shape and orientation of the Twin Towers, Tribute In Light is assembled each year on a rooftop close to the World Trade Center site. The illuminated memorial reaches 4 miles into the sky and is visible from as far as 30 miles away. The two arrays cast the strongest shaft of light ever projected from earth into the night sky.
Tribute In Light was designed by John Bennett, Gustavo Bonevardi, Richard Nash Gould, Julian Laverdiere, Paul Myoda and lighting designer Paul Marantz.
A private ceremony is planned immediately before the lighting of the memorial on September 11th. For more information on Tribute In Light, click here.
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