Tribute in Light

Tribute in Light is a commemorative public art installation first presented six months after 9/11 and then every year thereafter, from dusk to dawn, on the night of September 11. It has become an iconic symbol that both honors those killed and celebrates the unbreakable spirit of New York.

In this nighttime photograph, the South Pool of the 9/11 Memorial is shown in the foreground as the twin beams of the Tribute in Light shine over the buildings of lower Manhattan.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

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We are extraordinarily grateful to the Carnegie Corporation of New York, who stepped forward once again to be the presenting sponsor of Tribute in Light for the third year. This installation is also supported by the generosity of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s community partners—several small businesses in lower Manhattan, including our neighboring hotels, retailers, and restaurants—who have come together in support of this iconic tribute.

Assembled on the roof of the Battery Parking Garage south of the 9/11 Memorial, the twin beams reach up to four miles into the sky and are comprised of eighty-eight 7,000-watt xenon lightbulbs positioned into two 48-foot squares, echoing the shape and orientation of the Twin Towers.

On the anniversary of 9/11, the Memorial plaza is open to the public from 3 p.m. to midnight for the viewing of Tribute in Light. The installation can also be viewed from a 60-mile radius around lower Manhattan.

Tribute in Light was conceived by several artists and designers who were then brought together under the auspices of the Municipal Art Society and Creative Time: John Bennett, Gustavo Boneverdi, Richard Nash Gould, Julian LaVerdiere, and Paul Myoda, with lighting consultant Paul Marantz.

Visit Our Community Partners

When visiting the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, we encourage you to visit our Tribute in Light supporters.