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The New York Times reports the $175,000 mockup of the World Trade Center Memorial Fountains is next to the swimming pool in the backyard of a suburban Toronto family.
The mockup consists of 27-foot high, 300 plywood sheets, timber framing, steel-plate bracing and three 10-horsepower pumps, simulating a 40-foot corner section. It is built in the backyard of Dan Euser of Waterarchitecture Inc., in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
The Times notes:
The actual waterfalls will extend almost 200 feet along each side of the two square voids, a total length of nearly 1,600 feet, roughly the distance from Herald Square to 42nd Street. “I don’t know of any bigger one except for hydro dams,” said Mr. Euser, 51, who collaborated with the landscape architect Dan Kiley on a 660-foot-long fountain outside the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Michael Arad was quoted:
“It’s a magical moment to see it realized,” Mr. Arad said. “The way the water is behaving is incredible. It makes it feel somehow more real, as if you’re moving forward.”
The Times notes that Arad’s concept of sheets of water — which posed technological hurdles — is being abandoned for water to rain down “like beaded curtains, with a striation that called to mind the vertical bands of the twin tower facades, dissolving in a cascade of tears.” The Times adds:
Perhaps the greatest remaining technical challenge is how to soften the sound. Mr. Euser is testing louvers that would sit in the pool below, perhaps in a trough of their own. The idea is to create an angled surface for the water to strike, reducing the noise made by perpendicular impact, but keeping the baffle itself out of view below the surface.