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Tribute in Light

In honor of September 11, we take a look at one of the most powerful public artworks to ever have been created. Tribute in Light consists of 88 searchlights that together form two vertical columns of blue light, reminiscent of the fallen Twin Towers. Placed next to the site of the World Trade Center, they’re a way for all of us to remember the thousands of victims of the September 11 attacks.

The Municipal Art Society of New York produced the poignant installation as a temporary one and presented it for the first time on March 11, 2002, exactly six months after the fateful day. It has been an annual installation ever since. Amazingly, the memorial reaches 4 miles into the sky, making it the strongest shaft of light ever projected from earth into the night sky. On a clear night, the lights can be seen within a 60-mile radius, making it visible to all of New York City as well as most of suburban North New Jersey and Long Island. Tonight, it will shine from dusk through dawn the next day.

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Photography: Bob Kozlarek, Ryan Budhu, Noam Galai, Jen (SunnyDazzled)

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