Hoboken September 11th Memorial Fund Unveils Four Concepts for City's 9/11 Memorial
Four World-Class Teams Selected from Among 10 Semi-Finalists
HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY, March 4, 2004 - The Hoboken September 11th Memorial Fund today announced that four designs have been selected as finalists for the city's September 11th memorial; more than 50 Hoboken residents were lost on September 11, 2001, more than any other New Jersey municipality. The concepts were selected by a professional jury empanelled by the Memorial Fund, an organization comprised of city officials, community volunteers, and surviving family members that is charged with raising funds and overseeing the construction of a permanent memorial on Hoboken's waterfront in honor of the city residents lost on 9/11.
The final concepts were selected through a professional juried design competition organized by Buff Suzanne Kavelman, the Director of the Smithsonian's National Design Awards at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Ms. Kavelman joined the Memorial Fund in 2003 to oversee the design competition phase of the memorial process. The concepts, which include design boards and scale models, will be publicly displayed during a public review and comment period. The final design for the Hoboken September 11th memorial will be selected by the members of the Memorial Fund committee and the jurors in April 2004.
"We are gratified that we reached this important milestone along this solemn journey," said Hoboken Mayor David Roberts. "On behalf of all the residents of Hoboken, I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to this talented group of artists and designers and thank everyone involved in this process for their hard work and dedication. September 11th was a painful day for Hoboken and our nation. This memorial is a very important element in the healing process and a lasting monument to the friends and loved ones we lost."
The final concepts were designed by:
The FLOW Group brings together five award-winning professionals from art, architecture, engineering and lighting design. Artist Janet Echelman produces monumental wind-activated sculpture suspended from highways and architecture, with major commissions in Portugal, Spain, Holland, and the United States. Architect Jeanne Gang, principal of Studio Gang Architects, designed the Starlight Theatre with a kinetic roof. Aeronautical engineer Peter Heppel has engineered America's Cup sails, tensile fabric airlocks for NASA, and the Millennium Tower in Glasgow, which rotates in the wind. Architectural lighting designer Domingo Gonzalez illuminated the NYC Police Memorial, JFK Airport's Terminal One, and the George Washington Bridge. Hoboken resident Aine Brazil, managing principal of Thornton Tomasetti Engineers, joins the team as the engineer of record and has extensive experience in the design and construction of high-rise offices, hotels, hospitals, air-rights projects with long span transfer systems and other public projects.
Architect Ralph Lerner FAIA, and landscape architect Kate Orff have more than thirty years combined experience in the fields of architecture and urban design. Currently Lerner is a Professor of Architecture at Princeton's School of Architecture, where he previously served as Dean for many years. His firm has received numerous design awards including those from Progressive Architecture , the New Jersey AIA, and Architectural Design. Among his notable projects are the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in New Delhi, India; the Winston-Salem Downtown Plan; and the Public Realm Improvement Strategy for Lower Manhattan. Kate Orff's landscape design focuses on urban ecology and public space design. Currently she serves as an Assistant Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, where she teaches seminars and studios at the intersection of landscape, infrastructure and architecture.
Artist Brian Tolle and architect Frederic Schwartz are both actively engaged in the design of public work. While working on his Irish Hunger Memorial, a few blocks from the World Trade Center, Tolle watched as the first plane struck the north tower. In the months following the terrorist attack, the memorial became the first active construction site in Lower Manhattan. His other works include WitchCatcher in City Hall Park and Waylay for the 2002 Whitney Biennial in Central Park. Tolle recently won the Mall B competition sponsored by Cleveland Public Art, which will be dedicated in the summer of 2004. After witnessing the tragedies of September 11 th firsthand, Schwartz co-founded the THINK team, one of the finalists for the redevelopment of the World Trade Center. Nearby, his design for the new Staten Island Ferry Terminal is currently under construction. The Santa Fe Railyard Park and Plaza (with Ken Smith and Mary Miss) and the SW Regional Capitol of France in Toulouse (with VSBA) are other major commissions.
Polish-born artist Krzysztof Wodiczko is best known for his powerful, large-scale projections on public buildings and spaces, which he first developed in Toronto in 1980. Now he divides his time between New York and Boston, where he heads the Interrogative Design Group at MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies. His work has been extensively exhibited worldwide, including New York, Washington, DC, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Vienna and Warsaw, and it is represented in many museums such as the Walker Art Center; the New Museum of Contemporary Art and Jewish Museum in New York; and the National Galleries of Canada and Poland. Architect Julian Bonder, principal of Julian Bonder + Associates, is an active contributor to American and international discourse on memory, public space, public art, cultural trauma and monument design, often working outside the traditional boundaries of architecture. He has taught architecture at Syracuse, Roger Williams and Buenos Aires Universities, and now serves as Hyde Chair and visiting professor at the University of Nebraska.
The announcement of the four finalists follows a series of important milestones achieved by the Memorial Fund committee. In addition to raising more than $30,000 through a grassroots mailing and community fundraisers, the Memorial Fund recently received a $500,000 state grant thanks to the efforts of State Senator Bernard F. Kenny, Jr. Additionally, a September 11th Memorial Tree Grove was dedicated on September 11, 2003, that was made possible by a grant from the USDA Forest Service.
Log on to the Hoboken September 11th Memorial Fund's web site at www.hoboken911.com for more information about the Hoboken September 11th Memorial Fund, full biographies of the artists and jury members, to make a donation, or to register for e-mail updates.