GAUCHE AT GROUND ZERO
January 7, 2004 -- And the winner is . . . "Reflecting Absence."
And if reporting the winning design as if it were an Academy Award seems a tad crass, maybe that's because the entire memorial-design competition process has been, well . . . a tad crass.
To say the least.
From the start, the efforts to memorialize the dead and commemorate the attack - and the War on Terror it triggered - have been problematic.
Moreover, memorial designers were required effectively to satisfy all groups, which clearly is impossible.
We've long felt that a modest tribute would be most appropriate - one that doesn't dominate a site long critical to the city's commercial vibrancy, one that is life-affirming and doesn't dwell on death, grief - and defeat.
That certainly can't be said about yesterday's choice - an ungainly pair of reflecting pools meant to highlight the "absence" created by the loss of life and the destruction of the Twin Towers.
Yesterday, in fact, a coalition of family members urged that the process be re-started from scratch.
Certainly there is still time to do the right thing by the events of 9/11 - while scaling back what appears to be an inappropriately ambitious endeavor.