Tribute In Light

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Artists Julian Laverdiere and Paul Myoda tell the Tribute in Light creation story: from an intimate project designed for the top of the World Trade Center to one of the most poignant and memorable public artworks in history.

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The 4th Anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001 will be commemorated by The City of New York’s annual memorial presentation of Tribute in Light, this Sunday, from dusk to dawn.

Tribute in Light was conceived in the aftermath of the September 11th tragedies, as twin white beacons of light that would rise from Lower Manhattan. Designed as a gift for New York City and its public, Tribute in Light is a profound symbol of strength, hope and resilience, a reclamation of New York City skyline and identity, a tribute to rescue workers and a mnemonic for all those who lost their lives. Located adjacent to the World Trade Center site, Tribute in Light is an artistic gesture proposed to foster hope, unity, healing and comprehension of the mass devastation suffered on September 11th by New York City and the world at large.

Tribute in Light was originally produced in 2002 by John Bennett and Gustavo Bonevardi of PROUN Space Studio, artists Julian LaVerdiere and Paul Myoda, architect Richard Nash Gould, and lighting designer Paul Marantz, in association with Creative Time and the Municipal Art Society. In 2003, the producers of the initial Tribute in Light, were honored that The City of New York continues to present the temporary light memorial to commemorate the anniversary of September 11, 2001.

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Municipal Art Society public program:
Tribute in Light: The Origin and the Production
Thursday, September 15, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The Municipal Art Society, 457 Madison Ave. (between 50th and 51st Street)

Frank E. Sanchis III, MAS Senior Vice President, will discuss the origins of the annual illumination in lower Manhattan that commemorates 9/11 and the behind-the-scenes efforts to produce it each year. This event is free and open to the public, space is limited. RSVP to Maia Mordana at (212) 935-3960 or