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National September 11 Memorial & Museum, New York, New York, United States

Thursday 08 Apr 2010

Ground Zero project gets a boost

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9/11 Memorial Museum receives $2.29 million to support exhibitions 

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum will receive $2.29 million in funds from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) to help realize core dynamic components of the planned visitor experience in the Museum. The funds were approved this morning at a meeting of the LMDC Board of Directors.

“Our mission has always been two-fold: first, to honour the innocent victims of the 9/11 attacks, and second, to educate future generations about what happened that day and its context in world history,” said Joe Daniels, 9/11 Memorial president. “The funds that our partner, the LMDC is provided today will enable us to tell crucial elements of the September 11 history in a way befitting the 21st century museum we are building.”

"Since its inception, one of the primary missions of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation has been to ensure the creation of a fitting memorial that allows us to both mourn those we lost on 9/11 and remember how the world came together on that awful day and its aftermath,” said LMDC Chairman Avi Schick. “Our partners at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum have designed a memorial and an exhibition that achieves this goal. And utilizing the voices of those impacted by the tragedy is an especially poignant method of teaching the lessons of that day.”

Added Alice M. Greenwald, 9/11 Memorial Museum director ,"We are especially hounored that the LMDC has elected to support key elements of the Memorial Museum that will chronicle not only the shared witness to the horrific events of September 11 but the extraordinary compassion and dedication that were demonstrated time and again during the days, weeks and months following the attacks.” The funding will help support the planning, development and build-out of specific elements of the museum’s primary exhibition related to the events of September 11 as told by authentic voices of those who experienced and survived the attacks. A core component of the exhibition will be firsthand accounts using audio recordings, oral histories and testimonials. These stories will be told through exhibits using specially designed multimedia presentations as part of the introductory exhibition as well as displays about the vigils and gatherings in the aftermath of the attacks.

Components of the introductory exhibit will include a choreographed soundscape of recordings from people remembering where they were on September 11. As visitors walk through the exhibit, they will experience personal stories told by people from across the globe. Accompanying this display, will include monumental artifacts associated with the events of September 11.

Visitors will enter the museum through a pavilion, designed by Snøhetta. Located between two memorial pools, the pavilion will provide information, site orientation and ticketing for the museum. From the pavilion visitors will access the Museum’s lower lobby space known as ‘Memorial Hall’, which in turn leads to the exhibition spaces at bedrock level of the World Trade Center.

To reach the primary exhibition space, visitors will descend a gently ramped ‘ribbon’ echoing the ramp once used by construction workers to build the World Trade Center and was again used in the aftermath of the attacks. From this ramp, vistas will be created providing a sense of vastness of the site and the scale of the towers. Visitors will be able to stand between the locations of the original Twin Towers and experience their scale, which will be referenced by two metal-clad, ethereal volumes.

In 2003, LMDC launched an international design competition for the WTC Memorial. In what became the largest design competition in history, a 13-member jury selected ‘Reflecting Absence’ by Michael Arad and Landscape Architect Peter Walker from over 5000 submissions.

The memorial is slated to be finished by the 10th anniversary of the attacks in 2011 and the museum is expected to be completed by September 2012.

Sharon McHugh
US Correspondent

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