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The Staten Island September 11 Memorial “Postcards”

Staten Island, New York

Client: City of New York, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg / Staten Island Borough, President James P. Molinaro
Architect: Masayuki Sono
Collaborator: Lapshan Fong
Completion: 2004

Located on the St. George Esplanade and framing the former WTC site across New York Harbor, the memorial, entitled “Postcards,” features two 40-foot-high white wing-like sculptures. Representing large-scale postcards to the loved ones who perished, each of the 267 plaques erected thus far signifies a commemorative stamp. Granite plaques bearing the names of each victim provide a disparate and haunting image. At nightfall, light adds a powerful emotional dimension and communicates the compassionate vision of the architect. The raw power of light and dark set the tone. Slots behind each plaque allow light to filter through, illuminating each profile in silhouette.

  • 2004 New York Construction, Best of the Year Awards Citation
  • 2004 AIA|NY Chapter, Public Project of the Year
  • 2005 IESNY Lumen Citation