View Full Version : New Jersey's 9/11 Memorial unveiled - "Empty Sky"

06-30-2004, 11:12 PM
This design is something similar to what I was looking for. I wanted something that would give people an idea of what was lost. However I was looking ofr replicas of the twin towers, that when looked at from a certain distance - fit back into the skyline.

E M P T Y S K Y New Jersey September 11, 2001 Memorial

Though the magnitude of the September 11th tragedy continues to affect the world, no lives have been more irrevocably changed than those of the family and friends of the innocent loved ones who were murdered that day.
New Jersey lost close to 700 magnificent people ─ husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, uncles and aunts, nieces and nephews, grandparents and godparents, cousins, lovers and fiancés,
co-workers, friends and neighbors. On that day New Jersey’s heart was broken.

"Empty Sky" remembers those lost while simply and powerfully connecting New Jersey to Ground Zero. As people gathered at Liberty State Park on the Hudson River to first witness the event, organize rescue efforts, and then remember and mourn, they found strength in their community. "Empty Sky" honors both the memory of those lost and the special place that they called home ─ New Jersey.

The Names and The Words
The names face one another on the twin brushed stainless steel walls. Individuals’ names are within easy reach and engraved deep enough for hand rubbing. The lettering size is 3-¾ inches high, in Times New Roman, a familiar and easy to read typeface.

We suggest the following two dedications for the north and south facing sides of the walls:

“This memorial is dedicated to New Jersey’s innocent loved ones who were violently and senselessly murdered on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Shanksville.”

“This memorial reflects the legacies of the magnificent lives lost on September 11, 2001, and that their unfulfilled dreams and hopes may result in a better future for society.”

The respectful organization of the names and appropriate words for dedication will be discussed thoroughly and thoughtfully with the Family and Survivor Memorial Committee.

The Walls
Two continuous, 30-foot high, 200-foot long brushed stainless steel walls flank a 16-foot wide paved path of bluestone. Echoing the immediate memorials that ensued after September 11, 2001, a 2-foot space at the base of each wall provides an area for visitors to leave items of remembrance. A grid of ¼-inch thick, marine-grade stainless steel plates, each measuring 4 feet by 8 feet, forms the twin walls. Concrete piles underground support two continuous concrete retaining walls, which then support the stainless steel panels.

Like the World Trade Center, the stainless steel reflects the constantly changing light of day. Stainless steel is low maintenance and vandal-resistant. To further reinforce the association, the length of each wall is exactly equal to one side of the Twin Towers. When experiencing this dramatic space, visitors see reflections in the brushed stainless steel
walls, Ground Zero and the Empty Sky.

The Landscape
A gently sloped mound is divided by a path that directs the sightline to Ground Zero, peeling back the earth to reveal a powerful perspective. From Liberty State Park, a low, grassy berm softly rises to ten feet, and then gradually returns to the level of the promenade, creating an amphitheatre-like incline that faces Lower Manhattan.

Framing the mound, alternating diagonal rows of bluestone and grass point directly toward Ground Zero and connect the memorial site to Liberty State Park. The sculpted landscape provides an expansive green space that is 100% ADA compliant. The 1.6 acre site is unified as a landscape and destination with magnificent views of Lower Manhattan as
well as sweeping views of the harbor.

The Trees and The Flowers
Groves of dogwood trees (Cornus kousa) both buffer and beautify the site. The northern grove helps screen the tall buildings, the southern grove sets the site apart from the train station and the eastern grove shields the memorial from the parking. In a cycle of strength and renewal, the dogwoods distinctly reflect the seasons through their lush green foliage in the summer, red leaves in the fall, sturdy silhouette and
rich brown bark in the winter, and beautiful white blossoms
in the spring. These mature dogwoods will grow to 25-30 feet. The north grove provides shelter for the two steel beams from the Trade Center site and a quiet place for contemplation. Violets (Viola sororia), New Jersey’s state flower, will be scattered in the grass.

The Lights
Two types of lighting systems illuminate the memorial. High intensity, waterproof, long-life lighting along the base focus upward and wash the walls with a soft glow. Metal halide lights atop the walls generate white beams that will extend
into the night sky. The vertical beams will be lit every night, activated by sensor.

Empty Sky
"Empty Sky" is a living memorial, and provides a place for
New Jersey to join in remembrance, reflection and healing. The design connects two communities forever linked by the river that unites them: New Jersey and Lower Manhattan.
The twin walls are focused on Ground Zero and provide a powerful, contemplative space for the names. The memorial's strength lies in its simplicity and ability to resonate as it honors not only those lost but also New Jersey's witnesses, survivors and volunteers. As people move through the space, they become part of the memorial as they look across the river
to Ground Zero and the Empty Sky.


For more information look at...

Governor McGreevey Announces Winner of the September 11th Memorial Competition (http://www.aboutnewjersey.com/News/sept11thMemorial_6_30_04.htm)

Stephanie Plum
07-16-2004, 11:40 AM
This is so much better than anything I could imagine. It is quite fitting.