9/11 Memorial

Submitted by Henry Richardson

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Client: City of Danbury, CT

Location: Danbury, CT, United States

Completion date: 2004

Artwork budget: $110,000

Project Team

Client

Mark Boughton

Mayor of Danbury

Artist

Henry Richardson

Overview

9/11 Memorial for the State of Connecticut. Dedicated 9/11, 2004. I conceived this memorial as a twelve foot tall hollow glass tower. The void within, in the same aspect ratio as the World Trade Center towers, evokes the towers that no longer stand. The names of the 152 Connecticut victims are etched into a panel that rises through the void.

Process

Although the committee had intended to spend a year on RFPs, they asked me to create the sculpture a year ahead of their intended schedule. My other clients were willing to hold off on their commissions and I was able to complete the sculpture in four and a half months, and install on September 5th, 2004. The memorial was dedicated on September 11, 2004, instead of in 2005 as originally planned.

This was the first public art commission since the Civil War for the city, and was successfully accomplished by excellent teamwork and planning.