|The Iconic Power of an Artifact
I belive that the remaining 500' shard of #2 is being torn down today around 5 pm, per cnn. As far as memorial/art goes, they are rarely standalone pieces of art. The vietnam war memorial is basicly a monolithic interactive textual piece (graphite and paper rubbings of names creates a document that can be carried home). It's incredibly successful as a memorial but a little derivitive as art. The kc memorial is a disaster in it's own rite. The wtc was built to revitalise lower Manhattan. It's job is done. I would hope to see a green park like area with some sort of record of the victim's names, perhaps imbedded in the pathways or the like. Not rebuilding would be evidence of our commitment to people over economics.