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14 Years of Tribute in Light


MAS hopes that the twin shafts of light now known around the world as the Tribute in Light, bring comfort, healing, and hope to all those marking this solemn day in our nation’s—and our city’s—history. Please visit our Tribute in Light information page for the history on MAS’s founding of Tribute in Light, a collaboration with Creative Time, the families of 9/11 victims, and hundreds of dedicated New Yorkers.

How did it start?

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.

Who designed it?

The Tribute in Light was designed by John Bennett, Gustavo Bonevardi, Richard Nash Gould, Julian Laverdiere, Paul Myoda and lighting designer Paul Marantz.

What was MAS’s role?

MAS produced the Tribute in Light annually for its first 10 years—from the debut in March 2002 on the 6 month anniversary, through the 2011 presentation. At the occasion of the opening of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, we transferred administration of the Tribute to the museum, which has faithfully carried on its annual presentation.

Interesting Facts

  • The memorial was originally going to be called the Towers in Light, but MAS received feedback from 9/11 families that a name paying tribute to the lives lost rather than the buildings that had once stood would be a more powerful remembrance.
  • The Tribute in Light rises miles into the sky and can be seen from 60 miles away.
  • As of 2002, the two arrays cast the strongest shaft of light ever projected from earth into the night sky.

Learn more about this inspiring and healing work of art.