The imaginative entries fell into categories. For example, the cover entry featured light and color. Other entries used sound, movement, digital technology or visitor engagement - some in combination. Still others expanded the physical boundaries beyond the "Ground Zero" site or proposed multi-functional entities.
A Memorial Beyond the WTC
"The Blurred Abstraction of Memory"
Katrina Keeshen, a NJ art teacher, had students whose parents died in 9/11. She was inspired by the many shoes found around the site from the victims and from those who ran away . As she wrote on her entry:
"Imagine a walking path as long as the WTC was tall...each step in inlaid with castings of footprints. After only a fraction of a mile, the journey, like life will end. ..the paths for the living will continue; we will rejoin the world.
Inspire us to remember that although we are from all walks of life, we are all human...perhaps this humble path will serve as a reminder."
Sample Entries and Their Stories
Richard Scheer worked at Pratt Institute in NYC on 9/11 and was at the Twin Towers when both planes hits. He escaped into a subway train where "people...had no idea what happened and no one believed it when I told them".
A few years before, Richard had been a finalist in the competition to design the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial.
His entry included a wall he called "Memory, the Dematerialized Surface" made of diodes that would show changing, blurring photos of the victims and the event representing "the blurred abstraction of memory. It would also sometimes show "pure light, evoking pure spirit or emotion."
He wrote me: "since the body is gone...only a fleeting image remains, nothing as tangible as even a printed picture."