This Wednesday will mark the twelfth anniversary of the tragic September 11th, 2001 attacks that changed New York forever. To pay homage to those who lost their lives in the unthinkable tragedy, artists Julian Laverdiere and Paul Myoda will once again illuminate the sky in Lower Manhattan with their stunning Tribute in Light. The twin beams will begin at sunset on Wednesday, September 11th, and shine brightly until sunrise on September 12th.
The soaring blue beams will be visible from many points in the five boroughs, radiating from the area where the Twin Towers once stood. The lights themselves are located at West and Morris Streets, and create an ephemeral representation of the original towers in celestial blue light. For the past 11 years, the lights have been a somber but tasteful reminder of that fateful day in 2001.
Tribute in Light was originally created by Laverdiere and Myoda for a New York Times Magazine feature, just six months after the original attacks. But the installation was so loved that the city adopted it as an official yearly tribute. Recently, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum adopted Tribute in Light, maintaining its funding so that it may be seen in an informal program each anniversary.
The beams are expected to illuminate around sunset on Wednesday, at 7:11 PM, and slowly fade away at 6:34 AM on Thursday September 12th during sunrise. Although the bright beams are hard to miss, they are best seen during total darkness, when their blue tinted glow warms the skyline of Lower Manhattan. The beams may also be sporadically switched off during the planned illumination, in order to accommodate passing flocks of birds that could be confused by the light.