Friday, 1 June 2012
WTC Memorial Site
I really wanted to go back to see how WTC site looked now, I visited in September 2002 to pay my respects and it was so moving being there and seeing the devastation. I never imagined that anything could be built on the site but the two memorial pools look amazing.
Each pool is situated in the footprints of the two towers. Huge waterfalls encircle the pools on all sides. The water disappears into black square infinity pits in the bottom of the pool.You cannot see the bottom from the edge of the pool. The pool edges are copper engraved with all the victims names. The sheer size of the pools were amazing, I felt so small at the edge of the pool, looking at the tiny people across give me a sense of the scale the towers had been.
The most touching thing for me was the The Survivor Tree called a Callery Pear which was found in the wreckage of the World Trade Center plaza, it was nursed back to health in a nursery, and re-planted at the memorial plaza. It was found alive while the wreckage was being removed in 2002. You can see the charred tree trunk at the bottom right up to about eye level. Above that, all the new spouts have grown smooth. I hope this little but strong tree lives forever!