The extraordinary artifact, “Lady Liberty,” is brought to life online through technology allowing users to learn more about the tributes and memorials placed on the replica that once stood outside a firehouse on Eighth Avenue and West 48th Street in Manhattan. Following 9/11, the Lady Liberty replica, which measures more than 10 feet, was adorned with police uniform patches, miniature U.S. flags, letters of encouragement and other tributes and memorials.
The online application was designed by Archetype, an interactive and engineering firm out of California. The firm is also developing an interactive 9/11 Timeline that includes actual recordings from survivors, first responders and witnesses to the events, as well as images related to 9/11.
“Archetype was honored to work on the interactive Timeline and Lady Liberty applications, helping to further the mission of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The interactive Timeline allows users to experience 9/11 through a variety of perspectives and rich media, helping foster a deeper understanding of the day’s events,” said Michael Lucaccini, President, Archetype.
Archetype CEO Danny Riddell said, “Our goal in building the Lady Liberty application was to make users feel, through an interactive experience, as if they are standing in front of the physical statue, taking in every detail, tribute and memorial.”
"Lady Liberty" is also the centerpiece for educations materials, including a teaching guide called "Tribute Art and 9/11: Healing through Artistic Responses." Created jointly by The September 11th Education Trust and the Social Studies School Service, it provides teaching tools on educating students on 9/11.
The actual Lady Liberty replica is on display at the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site, 20 Vesey St.
By Michael Frazier, Sr. Communications Manager for the 9/11 Memorial