9/11 Memorial Pools Get Test Run

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

North memorial pool filled with water for the first time on November 10, 2010 North memorial pool filled with water for the first time on November 10, 2010 (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The north pool of the 9/11 Memorial got its first test on Tuesday. The taps were turned on, creating cascading waterfalls over the 30-foot high granite walls. The pools are called "Reflecting Absence" and are the work of Michael Arad.

The tests began Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. Three hundred and fifty thousand gallons of water flowed into the pools, which will circulate 52,000 gallons of water a minute. Builders expect both the north and south pools to be completed by spring 2011, in advance of the 10th memorial of 9/11.






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Comments [9]

Rain from USA

The 911 Memorial Pool is a fitting design. Water and Light. Both represents infinity. Infinet love for the lost lifes. Both friends, family and heros. I agree will David from VaTech from Blacksburg, VA

Most of the comments here are rude ludachrist and disrespetful. Ask your selfs where is your contribution.

Sep. 11 2011 10:23 PM
shirley from conn. from CONN


Nov. 30 2010 10:10 PM
Bernie Goetz

Its not all bad. The memorials should look decent at night if the waterfalls are back-lit. But the square drain will look creepy.

Nov. 25 2010 06:01 PM
Bernard Goetz

Yup, no one can say it doesn't have depth. And it looks about as good with the water turned off as with the water turned on. This could be a good idea to save money.

Nov. 18 2010 04:55 PM
David from VaTech from Blacksburg, VA

I must say I am disappointed in the comments I am seeing in reaction to the memorial. No memorial is perfect, but it is a collective effort to mark an event in our history. After the first World Trade Center bombing a memorial was erected on the massive plaza and its presence was dwarfed by the expanse of the plaza and the towering structures. This memorial has depth (literal and figurative) and occupies a large portion of the site. I think it is a fitting gesture.

Nov. 18 2010 01:55 PM
tom from Nassau Cty

Great a creative - not! Looks like the old cement sink in my basement, writ large and EXPENSIVE.

Couldnt be a more ugly Leave it to NYC to botch this up. Cant wait to see how ugly the buildings are gonna be...what a fiasco.

Nov. 17 2010 07:45 PM
David from NYC

So we honour the lives of those we loved by creating a giant drain? What are they thinking...
I have been a New Yorker all my life but can't believe the fiasco that has followed this devastating blow to our city. We should be thinking bigger and better than this.
sorry, but I'm just saying... We made the Empire State building, the Chrysler building... and so much more. I feel we are settling for what a bunch of board room bureaucrats are saying we should have down there.

Nov. 15 2010 08:52 PM

as borat would say, it's niceeeee, very nice.....

Nov. 15 2010 02:02 PM
Bernard Goetz from New York

This is the award winning design?

Nov. 11 2010 05:53 PM

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