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The Lens: Viewing the 9/11 Memorial

Staff photographer Amy Dreher snaps a lot of pictures at the World Trade Center site, documenting the construction progress of the 9/11 Memorial. Amy also trains her lens on the smaller pieces that may be overlooked with a project of this magnitude. Through “The Lens: Viewing the 9/11 Memorial,” readers of The MEMO blog can share some of the unique vantage points captured by Amy.

Jigsaw: Piece by piece, workers are installing precut granite panels inside the south pool of the 9/11 Memorial. The memorial has two pool, roughly an acre each, that feature 30-foot waterfalls and are set within the original footprints of the World Trade Center's two towers. Each granite panel weighs about 420 pounds and each pool will have nearly 4,000 of these granite panels once the work is complete. Often times, heavy equipment like these two "cherry pickers" pictured here are needed for this ongoing work.

By Michael Frazier, Sr. Communications Manager for the 9/11 Memorial