The fire truck was just featured on the local news.
I thought that the water goes through a filtering system toi help remove impurities. Like a swimming pool or a jaccuzi.
Anyone know what's the big opening seen at the SE corner of the Memorial Plaza -- actually more like on the sidewalk at the perimeter of the plaza?
Possibly where an elevator will be installed for subway access?
Also, the "wall" seen running north <> south along the west side of Greenwich (opposite 4 WTC and extending across Liberty Street) looks pretty massive. Is that part of the bathtub?
It might become a vent or something, no?
I'm sure our man Zen would have been able to tell us all off the top of his head. Probably it's just a temporary hatch type thing to lower mechanical equipment into that area, similar to the other two hatches.
How far into the cold weather will they keep the water running, or can they use a soluble to keep it from freezing?
The water will circulate through a heat exchanger, so the waterfalls will run all year.
Makes me wonder if Arad or any of the other designers took into consideration the inevitable problem of fountain funk.
^Last I heard, it was sitting in a parking lot.
Don't expect it to go anywhere except a crusher. It will make a fine bag of gravel or landscaping rock.
I think it's a shame this will be underground instead of out in the open and one with the city 's surroundings for people's private contemplation from their chosen vantage point.
A Cross to Bear
Iconic WTC Artifact Comes Home to Ground Zero
by Matthew Fenton
photo by Robert Simko
On Saturday, a piece of the Twin Towers came home. The so-called "World Trade Center cross," two perpendicular steel beams in the form of a 20-foot-tall crucifix that were discovered in the smoldering wreckage of Ground Zero days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, was moved from its temporary home at St. Peter's Church back to the Trade Center site. It was then lowered into an underground chamber that will become part of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum, where it joined a fire engine and an ambulance (both bearing scars of the destruction wrought by the falling towers) that were moved there earlier this week. All of these large pieces had to go into the site before the Museum's walls and roof are finished, because it would not be possible to move them there once the building's exterior shell is complete.
The cross was discovered in 2001 by iron worker Frank Silecchia. As the sun rose on the third day after the towers fell, Silecchia was climbing through the rubble of Six World Trade Center, directing heavy equipment around the bodies of victims killed in the attacks. In the mist, he saw the vague outline of the cross, which engineers quickly determined had come from an unknown point in the north tower, and had fallen through the roof of building six. Within hours, the location of the cross had become a pilgrimage site within Ground Zero. It inspired onlookers in the years that followed, after being moved to Church and Cortland streets in February, 2002. By October, 2006, however, the cross required a new (temporary) home, because ongoing construction within the Trade Center site needed the space it was occupying. The Port Authority originally planned to store the cross in a hanger at Kennedy Airport, but objections raised by Mr. Silecchia and Father Brian Jordan, a Franciscan priest who also worked at Ground Zero, led to a new plan: moving it north three blocks to St. Peter's Church, on Barclay Street. At a quiet ceremony welcoming the cross to its interim home that fall, Father Kevin Madigan, the pastor of St. Peter's, said, "may it stand here in safety and security."
Mr. Silecchia and Father Jordan were both in attendance on Saturday to watch the icon they had helped preserve come home for the last time. "In the midst of all the wreckage, the disaster," Mr. Silecchia recalled of first seeing the cross almost ten years ago, "it was a sign that God didn't desert us." Joe Daniels, president of the Memorial foundation, reflected that, "bringing in these large-scale artifacts is another step forward in telling the story of what happened. Millions of people are going to learn the story through these pieces, which reflect the history and help us remember."
World Trade Center Cross Lowered into 9/11 Memorial
By Paul Lomax and Tom Liddy
LOWER MANHATTAN - The World Trade Center Cross emerged from the mangled wreckage of the towers, a symbol of the city's resolve in the wake of the worst terrorist attacks the country had ever seen.
It served as a reminder of those who passed on 9/11 and was a symbol of hope to recovery workers as they toiled on the pile in the days after the attacks in a desperate search for life.
Nearly 10 years later, the cross, a 17-foot tall section of intersecting steel beams, returned to Ground Zero, lowered into its resting place at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
Father Brian Jordan, who held services at the base of the cross every Sunday during the recovery period, blessed the relic at Zuccotti Park, near the Trade Center site.
"This was a special moment for me today," said the Franciscan priest.
"After a 10 year journey, this cross, which has been a symbol of faith and hope for thousands of people is going to its final resting place."
The cross was first discovered by construction worker Frank Silecchia at Ground Zero near the wreckage of 6 World Trade Center.
From there, it was moved to the edge of the site, near West Street, where it was blessed by Father Jordan.
On Feb. 14, 2002, the cross moved to Church and Cortland streets. Then, on Oct. 5, 2006, it was moved to the side of St. Peter's Church, between Vesey and Barclay streets, where it remained until Saturday.
A giant, red-and-white crane lifted the massive steel structure off of a flatbed truck around 10:50 a.m. and slowly lowered it into place.
While it was being moved, a crowd pressed their faces against the glass of the Winter Garden to watch and construction workers stopped what they were doing. The only sound was the whirring of machinery as the cross descended 70 feet into the museum below.
The cross is among other objects such as fire trucks that would be too large to be placed in the museum after construction is finished.
The ceremony in Zuccotti Park was emotional attendees.
"After today, my country will finally have a place to come and mourn for the firefighters, the NYPD officers and all of the people who lost their lives on that day," said Silecchia, 57.
"And it should also be a place of remembrance for the first responders and their families who risked their lives at Ground Zero and who are dying every month since."
And Bridgitte Cagney, 70, a Salvation Army volunteer, said: "This cross is a symbol of hope and faith for all of the world, especially for those who lost loved ones on 9/11."
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