Tension is in the air in the packed room of the Saratoga Springs City Council Chamber that overflowed out into the hallway as area residents wait in line to give their opinions on "Tempered by Memory."
Sculptor Noah Savett interviewed by Torie Wells of Fox News in front of "Tempered by Memory" - a modern sculpture made from WTC Steel. The controversy over the piece's final location gained it notoriety far outside of the state of New York.
In his office later, Noah Savett shares with us news articles recently published on the controversy of the location of Saratoga Springs' WTC Steel memorial.
Both Joel Reed, Director of the Saratoga Arts Council and Center, and Elizabeth Dubben, Exhibitions Coordinator at Saratoga Arts, see their dream of a 9/11 Tenth Anniversary dedication ceremony for their WTC Steel project disappearing with the formation of a committee.  The committee will first need to be appointed and then may take months to reach a decision about the final location of "Tempered by Memory".
Art Historian James Kettlewell, Ironworker Pete Menatowski and Sculptor John Van Alstine can't hide their disappointment at the turn of events.  James and Pete both spoke for the project at the Council meeting. Pete worked as a volunteer constructing the WTC Steel for the last six months and John Van Alstine has spent a year on the project.
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Saratoga Springs Mayor Scott Johnson listens to a seemingly never ending line of Saratoga Springs area residents speaking out either against or in favor of the WTC Steel being located at the Visitors Center in downtown Saratoga Springs.  In the end, the Council decides to form a committee to decide the fate of the 9/11 Memorial.
Saratoga Springs resident, Kyle York, demonstrates what he sees as the dangers of the WTC Steel with a rendering placed on top of an extended tri-pod.  He refers to the torn pieces of the WTC Steel as "meat hooks".
Elizabeth Dubben, Exhibitions Coordinator at the Saratoga Arts Center, prepares for the Saratoga Springs City Council meeting that will decide in favor or against locating the WTC Steel sculpture and 9/11 memorial "Tempered by Memory" on the Saratoga Springs Visitors Center's front lawn.
Hannah Lee Byron explains the overall plans for the 9/11 Memorial and the logistics of the dedication ceremony to be held on the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 in downtown Baltimore.
A family gazes out over Baltimore from the top floor of the World Trade Center.  The Maryland State 9/11 Memorial will be directly below and a museum installation will become part of this floor including the victims' names being etched upon the glass windows.
Construction workers install the white marble to create the base the WTC Steel will rest upon in Baltimore.
Ziger/Snead partner,  architect Steve Ziger listens as architect Douglas Bothner discusses the installation of the marble at the Maryland State 9/11 Memorial.
A close-up of the WTC Steel Artifact for the Maryland State 9/11 Memorial after it has been conserved.
Susie Leong reflects on the weight of working on a project that involves dealing so closely with 9/11 victims' families.
Randall "Rand" Griffin shows an architectural rendering of the Maryland State 9/11 Memorial.  The WTC Steel rests horizontally on the marble and Rand explains this positioning represents the way the WTC Steel was found amongst the rubble of "the pile" (as it is referred to by those that worked at Ground Zero).
All the flat files are filled with samples taken from the WTC Steel during the six year investigation into why the Twin Towers collapsed.
Scientist Stephen W. Banovic discusses the contents of a the storage area at NIST.
Steve W. Banovic points out the original Tower One (North Tower) location of the WTC Steel that went to the Westerville, OH.  It was one of the few pieces picked up directly from the NIST Campus.  As you can see, the location is not far from where American Airlines Flight 11 hit Tower One. Steel that came in direct contact with the planes is called "impact steel" and those pieces have been primarily distributed to museums not to the public.
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Michael E. Newman gives us a tour of the NIST campus. It is very much like an actual campus the way it is set up and Michael explained there were a lot of education opportunities for students at NIST. He, as well as many others, dedicated much of their lives to the WTC Steel investigation. He is most proud of the changes that were implemented at a national level in building codes and safety due to the results of their findings.
Marita Sturken in her office at NYU discusses the WTC Steel as relics and artifacts.  She thinks they can be seen as "standing in for the dead" and are as a strong symbol of the destruction of the day.
Rick Bell shares his thoughts on the relationship between design and memorials and the multi-meanings the WTC Steel takes on as it travels from its original location at Ground Zero to become memorials across America and around the world.
Rick Cahill reflects on the ten year project to get the New Jersey 9/11 Memorial built that honors not only his son, Scott Cahill, but all of the 746 victims of 9/11 that were New Jersey residents.
Rick Cahill admits that he was used to people coming to him asking for donations but since he began raising money for the New Jersey 9/11 Memorial the shoe has been on the other foot.  The fundraising process seems endless on such a large project.
The company Rick works for moved mid-town.  Rick prefers the new location to being downtown close to Ground Zero, a constant reminder of his son's death.
Elizabeth Rumple, Rebecca Morgann and Sandra McHugh, three of the 100 Women Making a Difference in Greene County share how rewarding it is for them to be a positive force in their local community.
The WTC Steel Artifact is lifted off the flatbed truck it has lived on for almost a year. The crane is attached to the ceiling in the foundry.
American Steel Fabricators managing officers, Emil Toriello and Chris Grim, demonstrate how the base will be attached to the WTC Steel.
The WTC Steel Artifact is lowered onto its temporary home at the foundry.
Some of the employees and family members of American Steel Fabricators that gathered to see the WTC Steel Artifact for the first time.
Jeffrey M. McGrath Planning Director of Beavercreek, OH listens as Mayor Scott Hadley explains the history of beavers in Beavercreek. Aerial maps of the city are displayed behind them.
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Beavercreek Fighterfighter David Young shares with us stories of working at Ground Zero and what it meant to leave his family to head to New York City on September 11th, 2001 without saying goodbye.
Cyclists whizzed by the new 9/11 Memorial site the whole time we were there.  Joggers and walkers also frequented the popular path that crosses through a great part of Ohio.
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Retired Beavercreek firefighter Kip Smith in front of the fundraising thermometer and a bulldozer at the new 9/11 Memorial site.
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Architect Gary Snyder demonstrates next to the model of the base of the memorial how it will create a sense of the WTC Steel Artifact toppling or about to fall from its perch.  This is reflect the drama of the day when the Twin Towers fell.
Domenico "Dom" G. Stolfo explained in detail what is needed to be done to get a project completed on a tight deadline after he became involved in the project at the last minute.
Beavercreek, OH school teacher Jo Ann Rigano shows off her cross made from WTC Steel.  It was given to her by NYC Firefighters when her class sponsored a NYC fsirehouse immediately after September 11th, 2001.
A Fourth of July firework burst lights up the WTC Steel Artifact silhouetted in the foreground.
The WTC Steel can be seen on the back of the truck as it is greeted by the flag wearing Fourth of July Parade spectators.
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Despite the rain, Beavercreek, OH residents came out to see the parade and the WTC Steel Artifact included in the procession.
A New Yorker transplanted in Ohio, Jo Ann shares three albums of photos from the days the NYC Firemen came to visit Beavercreek.
The Art of Memories FilmEverything that Jo Ann wore that day was red,white and blue --- her nails, her earrings and even her hand towels in her guest bathroom displayed her patriotism.
Tracy Hummer contemplates the relationship of "Empty Sky" with the empty space left by the destruction of the Twin Towers in the New York Skyline.
The first stainless steel panel with names of the New Jersey victims of 9/11 etched upon it is lowered into place.
Architect Frederic Schwartz sees himself reflected in the stainless steel for the first time.  This reflective quality is an integral part of the design of "Empty Sky".
On the ferry ride back to Manhattan, both Fred and Tracy are focused on the view of the NJ 9/11 Memorial and its current state of construction. "Empty Sky" will be dedicated on September 10th, 2011.
A few names of victims of 9/11 are revealed as the plastic protective coating is removed for the first time.
Architect Frederic Schwartz snaps a photo of the progress of the NJ 9/11 Memorial before heading back to his office in NYC.
Mark is lost in thought as he gazes at one of the many pieces of artwork displayed throughout their home.
The mood lightens when Mark and Maris give us a tour of the historic home and property they have been restoring. Behind them is a deck being built next to a stream that runs on their property. They plan on getting married on the deck, sheltered by the trees in this tranquil place.
Mark and Maris discuss the impact the WTC Steel can have as not only a memorial but as a teaching tool.
Iron workers, Art Council Members and the public gather at the Spring Street Gallery for the exhibit sketches, photographs and sculptures of Tempered by Memory.
Elizabeth Dubben, Director of Exhibitions at the Saratoga Arts Center & Council gets her game face on for an evening of speeches and fundraising.
Patrick Clancy greets art patrons and collects donations at the House of Creative Soul gallery in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Sculpture John Van Alstine deep in thought.
Iron worker, Al Staley, checks out the art exhibit. He volunteered to help build Tempered by Memory and also helped in the recovery effort at Ground Zero in 2001.
Photographer Lawrence White shoots the crowd at the Spring Street Gallery in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Photographer Stuart McCallum discussing meeting Kevin O'Connell seen here in the background.
Karl looks at the never before seen photos of the Twin Towers being built. In the photo from left to right is Kiwi S. Kalloo, John Alonso, Kevin O'Connell and Stuart McCallum.
Karl brought in a piece of the main hoist cable used in the construction of the WTC.
Karl Koch III wrote a fascinating book in 2002 called Men of Steel, The Story of the Family that Built the World Trade Center.
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John Alonso listening to Kevin O'Connell discuss photographing the Twin Towers during his lunch break.
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Lawrence runs out in the middle of the street to photograph the famous WTC Steel Cross at St. Peter's Church.  He had never seen the cross before and shortly after it will be moved to Ground Zero.
Having not been to Ground Zero in a long time, Lawrence was thrilled to see the progress.
Lawrence stops on the street to explain what he saw from that exact spot on the morning of September 11, 2001.
Inside St. Peters Church, candles burn in memory of loved ones.  Lawrence reflects on how the church was a place he visited often after 9/11 seeking comfort.
We were there during Fleet Week and five US Marines stop to visit the cross. Out of frame, Lawrence photographs them.
At the Saratoga Arts Center, Exhibitions Coordinator Elizabeth Dubben watches Executive Director Joel Reed on Fox News' coverage of the events earlier in the day.
Photographer Lawrence White shows us images of lower Manhattan he took on September 11th 2001.  Lawrence won a 2001 NY Press Association Award for his photographs of the terrorist attacks in NYC.
An iron worker's hard hat and gloves sit in front of WTC Steel.
Sculptor John Van Alstine and iron workers attach an American flag to the crane that will hoist the WTC Steel.
The distinct heart-shape in the WTC Steel becomes more apparent as it is lifted by the crane to approximate what the Saratoga Springs 9/11 Memorial will look like when completed.
Sculptor Noah Savett interviewed by Walt McClure of Fox News in Albany.
After the press conference, iron workers make the first cut in the WTC Steel to begin the process of creating the 9/11 Memorial.
At Noah Savett's metal yard, everyone prepares for the Saratoga Arts Council's press conference to be held the next day to reveal the WTC Steel to the public, even Thunder.
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With Thunder out of the picture, Photographer Lawrence White is able to take a publicity photo of sculptors John Van Alstine and Noah Savett in front of the WTC Steel that will be used in the Saratoga Springs, NY 9/11 Memorial.
Thunder wants to be in all the photos.
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John describes how the WTC Steel will be used in the 9/11 Memorial in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Sculptor John Van Alstine in his Wells, New York studio discussing Tempered by Memory.
John shares his studio with sculptor Caroline Ramersdorfer. She just took off her goggles and you can still see the marks on her face as she took time off from sanding marble to speak with us.
Photographer Lawrence White lived in NYC and captured the Twin Towers fall.  He is documenting Tempered by Memory and discusses how it is a powerful experience for him to see something artistic created out of the destruction he witnessed.
Sculptor Noah Savett discusses waiting out the winter snow to begin work on the 9/11 Memorial for Saratoga Springs, NY
One of Noah's employees flips his hood up to show off the company's logo embroidered on the back of his coat.
A momentary break from discussing the fundraising process for Elizabeth Dubben and Joel Reed from the Saratoga Arts Council.
Sculptor John Van Alstine points out the location for the Tempered by Memory 9/11 Memorial in downtown Saratoga Springs, NY
John shows a rough model created to demonstrate what Tempered by Memory will look like.  The actual piece of WTC Steel was melted and twisted into a heart-like shape during the collapse of the Twin Towers. This model approximates that poignant phenomena.
Sculptor Noah Savett in his studio in Saratoga Springs, NY
A cross cut into the WTC Steel by volunteers at Ground Zero.
Noah's dog, Thunder, romps in the snow around the WTC Steel
Joel Reed goes into details on the financial goals and deadlines for the Tempered by Memory project.
Photographer Lawrence White listens along with Saratoga Arts Council members to Joel discuss the unique artistic approach to the Saratoga Springs, NY 9/11 Memorial.  He lived and worked in NYC during 9/11 and is now a local Saratoga resident.
Saratoga Springs City Center President Mark Baker collects hard hats to tour the location for the Tempered by Memory piece.
Joel Reed, Executive Director of the Saratoga Arts Center, joins them for a planning session.
Elizabeth Dubbin of the Saratoga Arts Council celebrates the arrival of the WTC Steel with sculptors Noah Savett and John Van Alstine.
Two forklifts were required to unload the WTC Steel.
The WTC Steel arrives on a flatbed at Noah Savett's yard but must back in.
Associate NY State Museum Exhibit Planner, Carrie Bernardi still gets choked up when she discusses putting the 9/11 Museum together and her time at Fresh Kills Landfill immediately after the attack in 2001.
An American flag from Ground Zero hangs high above the exhibit, torn but intact.
Many crosses where cut out of the steel at Ground Zero.
Artifacts such as this fire extinguisher tell a gruesome story.
A burned out rescue vehicle from 9/11 sits in front of an image of the steel that became so symbolic of Ground Zero.
The NY State Museum 9/11 Exhibit explains the construction and use of the steel in the WTC.
WTC Steel on exhibit at the NY State Museum.
Detail of some of the mangled WTC Steel.
Mark Schaming leaves work at the NY State Museum after a particularly long and grueling day.
Fred Schwartz in his NYC office describing the walls in Empty Sky, the NJ 9/11 Memorial.
A testimony to the amount of paperwork generated to design architectural projects of this scale.
The original model and plans for The Rising, the Westchester County 9/11 Memorial.