Gallery: The Seven National 9/11 Memorial Designs That Will Never Be

The highly anticipated National 9/11 Memorial opens this Sunday on the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Designed by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker, the memorial consists of a peaceful tree-filled plaza and two reflecting pools in the exact places where the towers once stood -- a beautiful place of remembrance for the lives that were lost. Arad's design is the product of an international design competition, which produced more than 5,000 possible designs. Here, we take a look at the seven other finalists, each of which created a peaceful and inspiring memorial.

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  1. Zeppflyer September 9, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Blame Giuliani for this one. Nothing would have been a better tribute than a small memorial overshadowed by the grand, new buildings rising from the sites, full of life and commerce and everything that was evil to the monsters who knocked down the towers. Instead, we have two black pits left in the ground, carrying water down into nothingness.