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Rather than a contemplative experience, the proposed memorial (Credit: Lower Manhattan Development Corp. Photo)

Rather than a contemplative experience, the proposed memorial will offer an exercise in exegesis.

Photos: 9/11 memorials

Rather than a contemplative experience, the proposed memorial
(Credit: Lower Manhattan Development Corp. Photo)

Rather than a contemplative experience, the proposed memorial will offer an exercise in exegesis.

Staten Island's memorial takes the form of a
(Credit: AP Photo)

Staten Island's memorial takes the form of a pair of postcards standing on their edges, their corners bent like wings, framing the gutted skyline in the space between them. The "Tribute in Light" shines through them.

Westchester County's 9/11 memorial is a shining, graceful
(Credit: Frederic Schwartz Architects Photo)

Westchester County's 9/11 memorial is a shining, graceful mast in the stony shadow of the Kensico Plaza.

Nassau County's 9/11 memorial is a pair of
(Credit: Newsday/Bill Davis)

Nassau County's 9/11 memorial is a pair of interlocking twin towers made of stainless steel tubes. The skeletal structures rise from the middle of a fountain that will soon shoot jets of water 30 fee in the air, shrowding the towers in mist and spray. When conditions are right, they will keep dematerializing and reappearing, in a stylized replay of cataclysm,

Beams from the World Trade Center form part
(Credit: Newsday/Bill Davis)

Beams from the World Trade Center form part of Eisenhower Park's 9/11 memorial.

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