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.

Video: Tribute in light


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

For the 19th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum partnered with NYC & Company and buildings throughout the city to light up their facades and spires in blue. In this spirit of unity and remembrance, the city came together for a “Tribute in Lights” to inspire the world and honor the promise to never forget. Participants included One World Trade Center, Brookfield Place, the Empire State Building, Bloomberg L.P., Vessel at Hudson Yards, the Helmsley Building, the Bank of America Tower, Barclays Bank US Headquarters, the Times Square Ball, Pier 17 New York, 55 Water Street, New-York Historical Society, and various billboards in Times Square.