Conserved and Constructed

Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

August 11th, 2011 we got to spend the day with the Maryland State 9/11 Memorial.  The Memorial will sit in front of the World Trade Center, designed by I.M. Pei, which is adjacent to the harbor in downtown Baltimore.  The Memorial’s designers, architectural firm Ziger/Snead, utilized the building’s pentagon shape to create a sundial effect.  Every September 11th, the shadow of the building passes over the WTC Steel and creates a timeline of 9/11’s tragic events. The effect can be viewed here.

We got a tour of the construction site from Hannah Lee Byron, the Assistant Secretary of the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts for the state of Maryland. We also  met the Memorial’s architects, Steve Ziger and Douglas Botner. It was a busy day for them as they were also being interviewed at the site by Yolanda Vazquez for Maryland Public Television.  You can watch her report from that day here.

The WTC Steel artifact for the Maryland Memorial has been being conserved for the last few months and we got to view the piece where it was being stored.  Susie Leong the Public Arts Program Director for the Maryland State Arts Council explained the conservation process to us.  An exhibit is also being installed at the Top of the World with historical information on 9/11 as well as other artifacts from that tragic day in which 68 Maryland residents lost their lives.

Screen shots from the documentary, The Art of Memories, currently in production:

Ziger/Snead partner,  architect Steve Ziger listens as architect Douglas Bothner discusses the installation of the marble at the Maryland State 9/11 Memorial.


Construction workers install the white marble to create the base the WTC Steel will rest upon in Baltimore.


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 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.


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.






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