Reporting Mike Schuh
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s taken nearly 10 years, but pieces from 9/11 will be coming to Baltimore to be permanently displayed as part of a memorial at our World Trade Center.
Mike Schuh has a look at the design.
Sixty-three Marylanders died in New York, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa. Not only will their names be etched in stone, parts of the Pentagon, Shanksville and the World Trade Center will lie in front of the Baltimore building.
It’s a powerful statement to a dark time.
In the North Tower, between the 94th and 96th floors, solid steel was sheared by the force of the plane. It’s the centerpiece artifact of a memorial which will incorporate items from all three sites.
“It resonates the power of the transformation of what happened that day 10 years ago. We felt a deep responsibility to let the artifact itself speak,” said Steve Ziger, architect.
At the time the planes hit, the shadow from our World Trade Center will begin to cast its shadow on the monument, a touch the designers made to remind the viewers about that day. And by the time the Pentagon’s west wall fell, only the names of the Marylanders on the base will be in the sun.
“Significant events happened that day and to put yourself in relationship to those times again adds quite a lot to us about how you respond to the artifact in front of you,” said Douglas Bothner, architect.
“And so on every day on Sept. 11, those same shadows are repeated,” said Ziger.
The memorial continues at the observation deck. Designers say these are not works of art, but surely they will touch the soul.
The dedication of the monument will happen on the 10th anniversary of the attacks.
The cost of the monument is $2 million and being built by the state with a committee doing the fundraising.