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Thread: WTC Memorial - by Michael Arad (Architect) and Peter Walker (Landscape)

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    Why is there trees missing next to a vent station?

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    The area between the south vent and the south pool is called the "Memorial Glade" and is meant to be a space for gatherings and special ceremonies. But there will be more trees at the perimeter than are shown in the latest renders from The Grand Architect. Today they are constructing pits along the south edge of the glade area.

    This shows trees planted between the south vent and the glade area:



    The glade from the ground, seemingly looking across the memorial towards the northeast ...


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    BIG image of the entire memorial area showing full eventual tree placement HERE

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    The real reason that there are no trees there is because of that opening in the plaza that they only recently covered up (where the elevator was).They need to be able to access it in the future to replace large equipment in the cooling plant, which is directly below. The same will be done by the hatch over the museum (where they just lowered the firetrucks), there will be a gap in the trees there also.

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    So much for the mystery of The Glade, now dispelled

    But thanks for the real info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uakoops View Post
    The real reason that there are no trees there is because of that opening in the plaza that they only recently covered up (where the elevator was).They need to be able to access it in the future to replace large equipment in the cooling plant, which is directly below. The same will be done by the hatch over the museum (where they just lowered the firetrucks), there will be a gap in the trees there also.
    Bingo.

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    BTW another area where there will be fewer trees is over the PATH hall, but I think that's just to save weight.

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    Does anyone know if the section of Greenwich street running through the WTC site will be open along with the memorial?

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    Open as in on 9-11? no.. I believe it will be a heavily restricted to vehicle traffic when eventually "open".. maybe black town cars and the like..

    they just dug a bunch of holes in the glade area in front o the south vent

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    More trees going in there. Just the middle will be open, where the big trapdoor is.

    Actually it looks like they already laid pavers right over the hatch, I'm sure it's done in a way that they can remove them easily if necessary.

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    They were unloading a bunch of trees late this afternoon.

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    Trees being planted as we speak during the rain storm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merry View Post

    A Cross to Bear


    Iconic WTC Artifact Comes Home to Ground Zero



    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 ...

    World Trade Center Cross Lowered into 9/11 Memorial

    Atheist group wants to stop World Trade Center cross

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    A group of atheists has filed a lawsuit to stop the display of the World Trade Center cross at a memorial of the 9/11 terror attacks.

    The "government enshrinement of the cross was an impermissible mingling of church and state," the American Atheists say in a press statement.

    The group says it filed the lawsuit this week in state court in New York and posted a copy of the lawsuit on its website.
    The lawsuit names many defendants, including the state of New Jersey, the city of New York , New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

    The World Trade Center cross, two intersecting steel beams that held up when the twin towers collapsed on September 11, 2001, is seen as iconic to some.

    The cross was moved Saturday from near a church to its new home at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. There was also ceremonial blessing of the cross in a service led by Father Brian Jordan, a Franciscan monk who ministered to workers clearing the area after the 9/11 attacks.

    Joe Daniels, 9/11 Memorial president, said Saturday that the cross is "an important part of our commitment to bring back the authentic physical reminders that tell the history of 9/11 in a way nothing else could.

    "Its return is a symbol of the progress on the Memorial & Museum that we feel rather than see, reminding us that commemoration is at the heart of our mission."

    But the atheist group says the cross sends a symbol of something different.

    "The WTC cross has become a Christian icon," said Dave Silverman, president of the atheist group. "It has been blessed by so-called holy men and presented as a reminder that their god, who couldn't be bothered to stop the Muslim terrorists or prevent 3,000 people from being killed in his name, cared only enough to bestow upon us some rubble that resembles a cross. It's a truly ridiculous assertion."

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    This is a bad time of year to be planting trees.

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