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Daniel LIBESKIND SCARPA - (2005) - Memorial 9.11 "Memory and Light" (Padova, Italy)
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Padua is a small city, unknown to most Americans, who identify more easily if I explain "close to Venice". Few people know that a few steps from Giotto's frescoes in the Scrovegni's Chapel and its prestigious university, Padova, however, has a unique monument in Europe: the memorial to the tragedy of September 11, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, who in 2003 was awarded for the reconstruction's competition of Ground Zero with the Freedom Tower too.
Strongly desired at a year after the attacks, the memorial "Memory and Light" is a glass open book, looking in the direction of the Statue of Liberty in New York, and from which a six meters beam emerges, fragment of the South Tower of the Word Trade Center destroyed on September 11, 2001. Exhibited at the American pavilion in the Venice Biennale of 2002, the beam was donated by the United States to the Veneto Region, that decided to put it in a great monument designed from a worldwide fame architect in Padua, in a place of great symbolic value.
The freedom's light shines through the book of history. This book is open in memory of the heroes of September 11, 2001 The eternal affirmation of Liberty is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. On the left page is inserted the dramatic beam recovered from the attack on the World Trade Center. The latitude of New York is connected to the center of Padua as a vertical pin of the Book. The book is bright, expressive as the wall below, which creates an intimate place for meditation. The brightness of this "signal" will be modulated by a subtle rhythm. The Book is delicately balanced between the historic buildings of Padua, the bridge and the river. The proposal also includes the hav- historic walls by creating a place that is both time and memory space of relief. This special place will shine day and night and during all seasons of the year.
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