“You would hear it first — the sound of water — and I couldn’t help but think of tears. Then you would be drawn by the sounds to the two identical voids. The power of those footprints will connect us all to the place — to the history of the Twin Towers, to their destruction and to all the lives lost that day. The design works because it has the strength to let the footprints be the memorial.”
– Architect Maya Lin, a World Trade Center memorial judge, on “Reflecting Absence,” Michael Arad’s winning design (scheduled to open in 2009).