Jury Favors Two Finalists for Memorial at Attack Site
By DAVID W. DUNLAP and HERBERT MUSCHAMP
Published: December 31, 2003
he jury that is to choose a design for the memorial at the World Trade Center site has narrowed its choices to two favorites, Garden of Lights and Passages of Light: the Memorial Cloud, people involved in the process said yesterday.
Another design, Reflecting Absence, is also expected to be under consideration when the jurors reconvene early next week to judge the substantive changes that have been made, both at their request and by the artists themselves.
It is not yet known how fundamentally any of these plans have changed.
Those involved in the deliberations describe politicking and debates among jurors, who are conscious that prominent figures like former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani have called for a timeout but are also resolved not to be influenced by political pressures.
Critics of the competition contend that it is too early for even the most gifted artist to meaningfully memorialize an event that is still largely unfathomable. Yet the memorial has been presented as the centerpiece of the trade center reconstruction, without which it would be politically treacherous to undertake commercial and retail development on the site.
The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which is running the competition, would not discuss the status of deliberations yesterday. The jury, headed by Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, is under instructions from the corporation not to speak with the press.