Tribute in Light Returns for 9/11 Anniversary

By Jen Chung Gothamist

For this year’s 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Tribute in Light will come back.

Photograph by beanhead4529 on Flickr

Photograph by beanhead4529 on Flickr

Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg’s office announced, “The ‘Tribute in Light’ will return for one night as a tribute to all those who were lost on September 11th.”┬áThe lights are located at West and Morris Streets in lower Manhattan. The lights will be on beginning at sunset on September 11, 2013 and fading away at dawn on September 12th. There will be no formal program.┬áThe lights are best seen when it is completely dark; sunset is expected to occur at 7:11 P.M. that night and sunrise is expected to occur at 6:34 A.M. on the morning of September 12th.”

The ethereal installation, which involves high-powered lights at a lower Manhattan location, was commissioned by Creative Time after the attacks. Artists Julian Laverdiere and Paul Myoda had proposed the twin beams of light for a NY Times Magazine feature and the Tribute was first lit for the six-month anniversary of the attacks.

The funding for Tribute in Light has been imperiled in the past, but is now under management of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

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