The Tribute in Light in New York City first shone six months after 9/11 on March 11, 2002, to remember and honor those who were lost, and those who worked hard to bring New York and the nation through the trial.
Each year, Tribute in Light reappears on the night of September 11, shining blue twin beams for miles into the sky.
Designed by John Bennett, Gustavo Bonevardi, Richard Nash Gould, Julian Laverdiere, Paul Myoda and lighting designer Paul Maranz, the two beams were the strongest shafts of light ever projected from earth into the night sky in 2002.
Assembled on the roof of the Battery Parking Garage south of the 9/11 Memorial, the beams are comprised of 88 xenon search lights shining at 7,000-watts. Positioned into two 48-foot squares, the beams reflect the shape and orientation of the Twin Towers.
The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) presented Tribute in Light for its first 10 years. Since 2012, Tribute in Light has been presented by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.
The Memorial Plaza is open to the public each year on the anniversary of 9/11, from 3 p.m. to midnight, for the viewing of Tribute in Light. The lights can also be viewed from a 60-mile radius around lower Manhattan.
MAS recommends the following public viewing locations across the New York metropolitan area and New Jersey:
9/11 Memorial Plaza
Washington Square Park
Union Square Park
Empire State Building Top Deck
Washington Market Park in Tribeca
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian Walkway
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Fulton Ferry State Park
69th Street Pier
Pulaski Bridge Pedestrain Walkway
Fort Greene park
Gantry Plaza State Park
Rockaway Station, Roxbury
Ferry Terminal and on the ferry
St. George Waterfront
Liberty State Park
Owen Grundy Pier
Castle Point Promenade
Pier A Park
Eagle Rock Reservation
Written by Cassie Westrate, staff writer for Groups Today.
Photo courtesy of 9/11 Memorial & Museum.