Six months after September 11, 2001, two columns of light pierced the sky in their stead. 14 years later, theTribute in Light remains a symbol that inspires both melancholy and beauty. Snarkitecture founder Daniel Arsham posted a simple, beautiful interpretation of the work, which was created by Creative Time artists Julian Laverdiere and Paul Myoda in collaboration with a team of architects and designers including Gustavo Bonevardi, Richard Nash Gould, Paul Marantz and the Municipal Art Society of New York City.
After 2011, the 10th anniversary of the attack, it looked like the lights might go out forever—the 88, 7,000-watt bulbs projecting the most powerful light ever beamed from the surface of the Earth (plus storage space, a week-long installation, and an energy bill) cost a pretty penny, and the MAS budget was running out. It remains in the sky today, inspiring artists like Daniel Arsham, under the umbrella of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Enjoy his simple tribute to the mammoth light art above.