The blue lights from Tribute in Light shine over the illuminated memorial pool at night.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

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.

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About the 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. The installation can also be viewed from a 60-mile radius around lower Manhattan.

The presentation of Tribute in Light has been made possible in part by support of the Anheuser-Busch Foundation.

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.

Tribute in Light is produced by Michael Ahern Production Services.

Partnering with NYC & Company

As an extension of Tribute in Light, for the 21st anniversary of the September 11 attacks, we once again partnered with NYC & Company and buildings throughout the city who lit up their facades and rooftops in sky blue. “Tribute in Lights” is a unique but simple gesture of collective remembrance that illuminates the city each year on the evening of September 11.

Participants on the 21st anniversary included the Empire State Building, Bloomberg L.P., the World Trade Center Performing Arts Center, One World Trade Center, The Oculus, Brookfield Place, New York City Hall, RXR Realty buildings, the Helmsley Building, the Bank of America Tower, Barclays Bank U.S. Headquarters, One Vanderbilt, Queens Museum, NY Hall of Science, Queens Borough Hall, Niagara Falls, MTA Long Island Railroad East End Gateway at Penn Station, the H. Carl McCall SUNY Building, Empire State Plaza in Albany, the State Education Building, the Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, the New York State Fairgrounds, Albany International Airport Gateway, the Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex, Luna Park in Coney Island, JFK Air Traffic Control Tower, LGA West Parking Garage Façade, and bridges throughout the state including the Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bride, Kosciusko Bridge, Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, Fairport Lift Bridge, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge.