Over the past few weeks, 9/11 Memorial visitors might have noticed a change on the Memorial plaza. A temporary fence encircles the southwest quadrant of the plaza, in preparation for construction of the 9/11 Memorial Glade.
The Glade will honor all who are suffering or have died from exposure to toxins at the World Trade Center site in the aftermath of 9/11. It will also recognize the tremendous capacity of the human spirit, as exemplified during the rescue, recovery, and relief efforts in the courage and compassion, determination and perseverance that inspired the world and helped our city and nation to heal.
Architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker have reunited to design the 9/11 Memorial Glade, following their collaboration on the 9/11 Memorial itself. The Glade will consist of a pathway, flanked by six stone monoliths pointed skyward that are worn, but not beaten, symbolizing strength and determination through adversity. An inscription, developed in partnership with stakeholders such as 9/11 health advocates, family members and survivors, will also be included.
As artifacts inside the 9/11 Memorial Museum and in the Museum’s collection already help tell the story of 9/11-related illness, the 9/11 Memorial Glade will honor those who are suffering from its widespread and devastating impact, on the Memorial plaza, educating millions of visitors from all over the world who pay their respects here every year.