SIFTING THROUGH WTC REJECT PILE
By WILLIAM NEUMAN
December 7, 2003 -- The eight design finalists for a Ground Zero memorial have been met with fierce criticism and a call for the jury to take a second look at some of the 5,193 submissions that didn't make the cut - but a review of dozens of these also-rans helps to underscore how difficult the judge's job has been.
The Post looked at over 60 memorial submissions - barely more than 1 percent of the total - many of them posted on the Internet and other solicited from their designers, including artists and architects.
They show both ingenuity and sameness, fresh ideas and predictable repetition of motifs.
There are flags and sculptures - monumental- and human-sized - there are pyramids and spires, replicas of the Twin Towers and fragments of their shattered remains.