Tuesday, September 11, 2007

postcards - the staten island september 11 memorial

I discovered this memorial a few weekends ago after getting off the Staten Island Ferry and walking on the North Shore Waterfront Esplanade (adjacent to the Ferry Terminal and the Richmond County Ballpark). I was touched by its beauty, its lightness and simple elegance. Most memorials are usually a bit cold and austere. I thought this one was so powerful. If you stand in the middle, the two wings frame a perfect view of Lower Manhattan.

There's a plaque nearby and this is what it reads:
The Staten Island September 11 Memorial honors members of the Staten Island community who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. These include Staten Island's commuters who made up a significant portion of the World Trade Center workforce, uninformed personnel who joined the rescue effort, and one passenger from Flight 93 who was lost in Pennsylvania. Additionally, one Staten Islander who was lost in the February 26, 1993 attack on the World Trade Center is honored.
The concept for the memorial design is a symbolic portrayal of personal messages being sent. These two walls, which frame the view of Lower Manhattan, represent giant folded postcards reaching out across the harbor - their messages carried by the wind. Throughout American history, distinctive members of our society have been honored through the issuance of commemorative postage stamps to their likenesses, often in profile. The memorial granite walls feature 270 profiles of the Staten Islanders who lost their lives in the World Trade Center. Individually carved to represent their likeness and marked with their name, birth date and place of work on September 11, 2001.

From its author, architect Masayuki Sono:
“The concept for this memorial came from a desire to create something that would connect us all to the victims of this tragedy. I chose the symbol of the postcard because we all write to people we remember and miss. Set on the axis that frames the view towards the World Trade Center site, the memorial seeks to restore the tie between the community and its loss. At the same time it symbolizes hope for the future and the spirit of freedom.”

For alternate views, including close ups and gorgeous night shots, I highly recommend this page: http://www.bridgeandtunnelclub.com.


Jules said...

Hi Eliane - wow there is just so much to see and read on your blog - I feel like I am really getting to know this amazing city thru your eyes.

This monument is wonderful and so moving - I will put it n my lists of things to see when I visit.

Lynette said...

Eliane, I cannot thank you enough for taking this photo and providing all of the information about the memorial.

Michelle said...

Beautiful picture--fantastic colors, great texture. At least it's one good thing about a very sad day!

don said...

your blog is getting beter by the day!!!!! Those storys are nice the read. great work

Olivier said...

ce memorial est sublime, d'une simplicité. un tres bel hommage

Nathalie said...

Your photo captures very well the very beautiful nature of this memorial.

I followed your link - the other photos are gorgeous indeed. I enjoyed discovering the various aspects of the memorial, from simple lines to moving details such as the individual profiles of people who lost their lives in the terrorist attack.
Thanks for this.

Karlis Beinerts said...

Beautiful photo, and your narrative as well!!!

Fabrizio - ikol22 said...

Thank you so much. We love to tribute them because they memory live in each of us

pandit said...

Beautiful artwork.

Ming_the_Merciless said...

I didn't know there was one over there. It IS very nice.

Fénix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

I chose the symbol of the postcard because we all write to people we remember and miss.

Simply wonderful. Thanks for providing a link to more photos.

Blue Wave 707 said...

That is a nice memorial to those who perished in the planes and those who worked in the twin towers. You captured it very well with framing the Manhattan skyline in the background.

Reggie said...


Kim said...

I echo everyone's compliments on how wonderful all your blog entries have been. This one especially is helpful to many of us on this day of remembrance. I look forward to all the scenes you have to show us with your skillful photos and wonderful insights. Thank you!

Ann (MobayDP) said...

This really is a very heart warming and beautiful memorial for all those lost in these attacks.

Steve Buser said...

Wonder why this memorial didn't get as much notice.

Keep up the good work. I love the photos.

Thanks for you kind words on my blog.

--steve buser
New Orleans Daily Photo

Moi said...

i think your is the only NYC blog i have seen it on....great discovery ...and thanx for your comment on my blog...:)

Denton said...

Beautiful memorial. It looks like open arms to me. Sort of like a hug.

Sinapse said...

I was also touched by its simplicity, when I was in Staten Island and our friends pointed it out to us. I didn't have my camera, though ... :(

Nice shot!

• Eliane • said...

•jules: and you can see this by taking the ferry you like so much! :)
•lynette: thank you - glad to make you discover all this. :)
•michelle: wow, thank you. I just point & click. Thank you for your kind words. :)
•don: are you putting some pression on me now, lol? I am glad you like these posts. I am learning a lot of little details myself! :)
•olivier: merci. :)
•nathalie: I am glad you followed the links - my little pic does not do justice to all the details of the monument. Thanks for visiting. :)
•karlis: thank you, thank you. And welcome. :)
•fabrizio: so true. Grazzie for the visit. :)
•pandit: peace! Thank you. :)
•ming: I know! How come we don't know this on this side of the island. It is very nice. Hop on the ferry one of these days! :)
•fénix: no problem - glad you enjoyed them. The night shots are gorgeous. :)
•blue: thank you. :)
•reggie: indeed. Thanks for your visit. :)
•kim: thanks for your kind words. Bear with me: I hardly know what I am doing. Beginner's luck. :)
•ann: I could not say it better. Thank you for dropping by. :)
•steve: I agree: I had no idea it existed. How sad, right? Thanks, I'll try to keep it up! :)
•moi: oh wow, thank you. You haven't visited the other NY Daily Photo, then. Brian and Ming both bring wonderful views of the city. Brian's blog is very informative - you'll learn tons of stuff. And Ming has a really good eye to catch all the day-to-day details. Thanks. :)
•denton: oooh, I love what you have to say. I see the hug. Great imagery. Thank you for stopping by. :)
•sinapse: well, you have to go back Missy!!! With your camera! Imagine all the wonderful compositions you could create. I just got lucky but you could really catch all that's missing here: the curves, the movement, the silhouettes, ... Gracias por el comentario. :)

Olivier said...

je viens de voir ton lien vers bridge and tunnel, c'est un de mes liens preferes sur NYC, avec Forgotten NYC

albi said...

very interesting and beautiful pictures on your blog!love this artwork very touching

Amelie said...

I have just discovered your blog and love to see NY through your eyes. I had no idea that memorial existed. It is stunning. Thanks also for the link to bridgeandtunnel and those beautiful pictures.

Sunkyoung said...

This memorial is truly touching. Thank you for the explanation.