Tribute in Light
Tribute in Light; a tribute to the memory of those who were lost and a symbol of the spirit of the great city of New York.
Eighty-eight xenon searchlights mounted on two square grids of forty-four searchlights each create intense columns of light. Visibility of the beams varies with the weather to up to twenty-five miles.
Achieving perfectly vertical towers of light was the most interesting technical challenge. Standing on the platform beneath forty four beams aimed straight up, one looks up to a breathtaking convergence. The effect is so powerful that one must move several blocks away to verify the parallel. Designers from our studio dispersed across the city with hand radios and cell phones to help nudge the beams into precise alignment.