On March 11th, the six-month anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, two great beams of light rose from a site just north of Ground Zero into the night sky to honor those lost on September 11th and to celebrate the spirit of all the New Yorkers who have worked to rebuild and renew our City. The Tribute in Light was illuminated each night through April 13th, from dusk until 11 pm. This public artwork has subsequently been selected to become a permanent addition to the WTC Memorial and will be illuminated every forthcoming September 11th.
Conceived in the aftermath of the September 11th tragedies, The Tribute in Light was a temporary artistic gesture bringing together the vision and talent of numerous individuals who independently envisioned two beams of light rising from downtown New York. Finding support for their vision they joined forces in the spirit of the emergency rescue and recovery effort. The creative team consisted of artists, Julian LaVerdiere and Paul Myoda, architects, John Bennett, Gustavo Bonevardi and Richard Nash Gould, and lighting designer Paul Marantz. Two non-profit cultural institutions, The Municipal Art Society and Creative Time, provided production support with the assistance of Battery Park City Authority.