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Time-lapse Video: Building the 9/11 Museum

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Release Date: May 2014
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Construction employees looking at plans

The National September 11 Memorial Museum, located at the site of the former World Trade Center complex, opened to the public last week (May 21). A “Tribute in Time-Lapse” video compresses the memorial’s almost 10-year construction process (from October 2004 to May 2014) into just two and a half minutes.

The memorial is a tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed on September 11, 2001, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993. Its twin reflecting pools, which sit within the footprints of the Twin Towers, are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels along the reflecting pools. More than 400 trees surround the pools and museum, conveying a spirit of hope and renewal while creating a contemplative space that buffers visitors from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city streets.

For more on the memorial, including some striking photographs, visit the official website and this CityLab article.