Monday, March 26, 2007

Memoria e Luce in Padova

The Memoria e Luce in Padova, Italy, designed by the architect Daniel Libeskind, revolves around a joist from the World Trade Center that was donated to the Veneto Region, and in turn by the Region to the city of Padova. Conceptually, the monument is a path to an open book, with one page (upon which the joist is mounted) torn out. Although the above photos were taken during the day, the monument is perhaps most notable for it's nighttime lighting. The memorial is illuminated normally by white light, with color and variation from a number of LEDs introduced in one-hour loops on a number of symbolic dates, including September 11th, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, April 25th (Italian Liberation Day), and the 4th of July. It was interesting to note that a number of rocks had been thrown at the monument, damaging a few of the thick glass panels.

Clinton Riddle

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