Frederic Schwartz Architects

HOBOKEN 9/11 MEMORIAL

Hoboken, New Jersey
2003

Hoboken 9-11 Memorial

Though the magnitude of the September 11th tragedy continues to affect the world, no lives have been more irrevocably changed than those of the family and friends of the innocent people who were murdered that day. The Hoboken community lost 57 loved ones - sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, sisters and brothers, fiancés, co-workers, friends and neighbors. On that day Hoboken’s heart was broken.

As people gathered at Pier A Park on the Hudson River to witness, remember and mourn, they found strength in their community. “Portrait of Hoboken” honors both the memory of those lost and the special community that they called home. The sculpture frames two communities forever linked by the river that unites them: Hoboken and the skyline of Lower Manhattan; it will invite visitors to literally and metaphorically look back in memory of their loved ones and look forward as a community. The frame doubles as a lens through which to both observe and reflect on the living and those lost.

The memorial’s materials, location and scale recall the community’s working waterfront. The open-air brushed stainless steel frame supports continuous cable-hung pathways (1:20 ADA slope). The length of these pathways equals the height of the original World Trade Center towers. Guiding visitors along the pathways continuous three inch, stainless steel handrails are engraved with the 57 names and their age. The steel frame (45 by 100 feet) provides a place that joins Hoboken in remembrance and healing while reminding them that they are a part of the larger community.

“Portrait of Hoboken” is a living memorial. Reflecting the light of day and glowing like a halo at night, the stainless-steel frame will be a moving marker on the horizon that identifies Hoboken and its citizens. “Portrait of Hoboken” captures a constantly changing view. There will be moments when the frame is full of life and activity, and times when it is empty. Either way, its strength and poignancy will resonate. As the community participates, and populate the frame, they become part of the memorial. The walking and pausing silhouettes will generate a constantly changing portrait of those who come to reflect and remember. Every September 11th the frame will be full of life and reaffirm the strength and vitality of the Hoboken community.

   
   

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