Making A Place For A Memorial

This steel beam will lay horizontally across a marble base inscribed with the names of the Marylanders who lost their lives during the attacks. The piece is laid horizontally in repose to symbolize peace for the victims of 9-11.

The composition will function like a sundial with the Baltimore World Trade Center casting a shadow on the memorial. Every September 11, the shadow will cross inscriptions exactly at the time of the events that fateful morning.

The names and birthdates of all the Marylanders who lost their lives will be inscribed in the marble base but will never be in complete shadow, symbolizing that even in terrible times, there is a glimmer of hope and light. The victims range in age from 3 to 71.

Limestone pieces from the Pentagon’s west wall will also be integrated into the design, and though artifacts cannot be obtained from the Flight 93 site near Shanksville, Penn., that site will be represented in the memorial with three large pieces of polished black granite.

To echo the simplicity of the landscape are 15, 44-inch tall stainless-steel planters that will be planted with hornbeams to create an aerial hedge along Pratt Street. The raised hedge serves as a portal and creates a sense of enclosure which people pass through to the monument. Visitors to the memorial can come right up to 22-foot, 2-ton section of twisted steel and touch it if they wish.

The memorial was dedicated on September 11, 2011, by Governor Martin O’Malley.

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