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 by the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, and Rechler Philanthropy.

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum also acknowledges its Board Chairman Mike Bloomberg for his leadership and Governor Andrew Cuomo for providing health personnel and supervision to help ensure the Tribute in Light will be safely produced.

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 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum has once again partnered with NYC & Company and buildings throughout the city to light up their facades and rooftops in sky blue. “Tribute in Lights” is a unique, but simple gesture of collective remembrance that will illuminate the city on the evening of September 11. Current participants include Bloomberg L.P., the Perelman Performing Arts Center, The Oculus, New York City Hall, RXR Realty, Helmsley Building, Bank of America Tower, Alexandria Real Estate, Pier 17 New York, Pier 16 New York, 55 Water Street, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, New-York Historical Society, Circle Line, NY Waterway, South Cove Marina, and the Times Square Ball. For more information, please email us at