“People who are not established in their field,” he says, “do not usually have the opportunity to share their ideas like this.”
Titled “Reflecting Absence,” Arad’s design resembles a fountain in reverse, with water tumbling into two square pools that are outlines of the footprints of the former Twin Towers. “The idea was to tear open the fabric of real material, to present an inexplicable puncture,” he says.
The memorial retains these highly symbolic elements even after competing interests surrounding the project forced design revisions and delays.
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