Winning Design Similar to Maya Lin's Sept 2002 Drawing

Winning Design Similar to Maya Lin's Sept 2002 Drawing

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January 8th, 2004, 3:35 pm #1

How Winning 9/11 Memorial Acquired Its 2nd Designer
By DAVID W. DUNLAP and GLENN COLLINS

Published: January 8, 2004

Though Mr. Arad attracted the jurors' attention with the concept of great pool-filled voids where the twin towers stood, it was Mr. Walker's greening of the surrounding plaza that sealed their choice. The two now share the design credit and the contract, even though Mr. Walker joined only last month.
Public attention has focused on the possibly persuasive role played by one juror, Maya Lin, who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. She sketched out a proposal for the memorial in The New York Times Magazine of Sept. 8, 2002, that bears a superficial resemblance to Reflecting Absence.
Instead, they said, Ms. Lin, though committed to the Arad design, was self-effacing and gave in on many points she had favored. At least four other jurors made the case for the Arad design aside from Ms. Lin, they said.
They were also concerned that Mr. Arad's original concept called for a plaza around the voids that was too barren and lifeless. They made it clear that a landscape architect of high caliber would have to be involved in the project, though they did not specify Mr. Walker.
The development corporation was said to have furnished a list of choices to Mr. Arad that included Mr. Walker.
Vartan Gregorian, the chairman of the memorial jury, summarized the result of their collaboration in a brief public statement issued on Tuesday.
They were also concerned that Mr. Arad's original concept called for a plaza around the voids that was too barren and lifeless. They made it clear that a landscape architect of high caliber would have to be involved in the project, though they did not specify Mr. Walker.
The development corporation was said to have furnished a list of choices to Mr. Arad that included Mr. Walker.
http://nytimes.com/2004/01/08/nyregion/ ... 8MEMO.html
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