in New York, the tomb of a missing America

September 11, 2021 by archyde

REPORT – The memorial created on the site where 2753 people perished evokes a world both near and far.


On an esplanade between the buildings on the southern tip of Manhattan, two huge square pits open, where water flows silently along the walls of dark granite. At the bottom of these basins are reflected the sky and the facades, around two other deeper wells into which new waterfalls flow. Around the perimeter, a bronze parapet bears the engraved names of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks, and of a previous attack, when a truck bomb exploded in 1993 in the underground parking lot of the World Trade Center.

Entitled “Reflecting Absence”, this curious monument which sinks into the ground instead of rising towards the sky, as the two towers of the World Trade Center did, was inaugurated for the tenth anniversary of the attacks in 2011 It has since become one of the main tourist destinations in New York. A few years later, a museum opened on the site, also located below ground level.


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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my