Monday, May 26, 2014

A Walk Through the 911 Museum

A visit to the 911 Museum means something different to everyone there.  I cannot imagine what it's like for the relatives of those who's memory is kept alive in this massive tomb-like structure.  The museum space is over 110,000 sq ft and takes you down into the subterranean levels of the new WTC.  As you descend you are shown various reminders of where the old Twin Towers stood.  The foundation of the North and South towers are there to see and the museum walks you around them as constant reminders of what once stood in this place.
 The initial view when you enter is the first image above.  A piece of the original buildings soaring into the sky.  The tridents as they are known.
Then as you begin the descent you are on an overlook showing the wall of the bathtub as it is called.  The cement wall holding back the Hudson River is clear to see.  Also there is the memorial beam covered with names and photos of many of the FDNY and PAPD etc who perished.

A memorial wall and a surviving staircase which many people used to escape the collapse.

 This is the base of the original antenna of the WTC.  I have photos I shot that day when the tower crumbled from the plane.  You can see how the antenna collapsed into the rubble and was partially intact at the top of the deadly pile.
 The moment the second plane hit the South Tower.
 The collapse of the tower begins. I shot frames 29-36 on my slide film and then the tower was gone....
 This is one of the motors from the elevator banks.
 This is the front of the FDNY Ladder truck.  Yes there's almost nothing left of the cab.

 This is one of the many views of the slurry wall.  For a good explanation of what the wall is and how it was made see the link.

 A member of FDNY who worked on the pile for months surveys the memorial.

 This view shows where the earlier photos was taken from up on that overlook on the way into the main area.
One of the water valves from the WTC site.
 The constant reminder of where the old WTC used to stand.  This is the base structure which is visible throughout your walk through the museum.

A wall of those who died that day.  One of many.  
A memorial which was on display in mid-town at Engine 54 FDNY.

 Various artifacts from the site.  The amount of twisted metal is of course impossible to accurately represent.

 A view of the tridents as you exit the museum.

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 The WTC Memorial is now always open to the public.  Tickets are no longer needed to go into the memorial site which is a nice change.  A must see for any visitor to the area.  The pools are an impressive experience.

 Click to enlarge the pano.

 The view of the museum on a cloudy day.  You can see it rise on the right there - sloped.
 I'm proud to be a part of the WTC experience with a photo of mine from a few days after 9-11-2001 in Union Square which has been on exhibit in the Memorial Visitor Center.  See the fish-eye photo of all the candles.
Some older images I shot from New Jersey.  Both on slide film in approximately 1993.  No digital manipulation on the moon shot.  That was a double exposure in camera.  85mm and 800mm shots.

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