Tribute in Light
The Tribute in Light is an art installation of 88 searchlights placed next to the site of the World Trade Center to create two vertical columns of light in remembrance of the September 11 attacks. It is produced annually by The Municipal Art Society of New York. It initially ran as a temporary installation from March 11 to April 14, 2002, and was launched again in 2003 to mark the second anniversary of the attack. As of 2013, it has been repeated every year on September 11. It had been announced that 2008 would be its final year, but the tribute was continued in 2009. On December 17, 2009, it was confirmed that the tribute would continue through to the tenth anniversary of the attacks in 2011, but continued again in 2012. As of July 23, 2012, plans are underway for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum to assume the lease for the MTA property used during this tribute, and to begin transitioning operation of the tribute from the Municipal Art Society to the memorial foundation. The two beams cost approximately $1,858.56 (asuming $0.11 KwH) to run for 24 hours. There are 88 spotlights (44 for each tower) which each consume 8,000 watts.
I set out early that morning to set up this time lapse and upon my arrival that all familiar and unavoidable somber wave of nostalgia washed over me.
As my camera shutter "clicked" away capturing images every few seconds for this time lapse I felt it apropos as I sat behind the Colgate clock and watching the large hands "ticking" it's minutes in reserve, taking me back to a time when the World Trade Center (Twin Towers) stood strong and indestructible in manhattan sky line.
The following images and oil paint renderings are frames taken directly out of this time lapse sequence, depicting the transition from dusk to dawn of this monumental tribute.
My heart goes out to all those that lost on that day.