The memorial

The memorial
: I’m going to keep staring at the September 11th memorial proposals to let them sink in.

So far, they all feel complicated. I’m hoping that staring at them will bring out a clear and simple idea. The most powerful memorial must execute a simple and clear idea.

I also note that all the designers are architects or artists who might as well be architects. The New York Times writer on NPR this morning said they’re all unknowns. But they’re all pros. And I suppose that’s to be expected. That’s all the more reason why we should be glad that they’re going to display all the proposals from us nonpros. As they said at the announcement today, that, in and of itself, is a memorial.

My own proposal below.

  • br

    If you get the chance, you should find a copy of Peter Vogt’s short film, October.

  • http://kenwheaton.blogspot.com ken

    Jeff,
    I haven’t had a chance to study the finalists, but most of the titles seem to be some sort of play on light. A little diversity might have been nice. It might be that the renderings in the paper weren’t the best, but a number of the finalists leave me feeling cold. I did like yours though. It seemed to be on a much more human scale.

  • Kathy

    I agree with simplicity. To me that’s why the Vietnam Memorial generates such a strong emotional response — no matter how many times you stand in front of it, touch it or see your reflection. The impact when seen for the first time is something one never forgets. Wasn’t the designer a student/amateur at the time? And, if I remember correctly, there were some highly negative comments initially which soon changed to awe and amazement. I also like the idea that they have a travelling Vietnam Wall Memorial.

  • Jerome Howard

    Everyone’s saying the same thing: Simplify (e.g., NY Times, NY Post, NY Sun). What I wonder is, can these designs endure as well as, for example, a block of granite? What will it look like in 50 years? Overgrown? Unlit? Dried up? Will people care enough to maintain it?

  • Marcel Perez

    Of the finalist’s plans for a 9/11 Memorial, I like the one titled “Reflecting Absence”.
    Sometimes, the absence of extraneous detail has a more meaningful and lasting impact on the senses. After all, the buildings and the victims are gone; leaving a vast void in the New York landscape and in our collective spirits.