On 9/11, I watched the towers fall from the safety of my living room in Washington State. In the days that followed, I watched in horror as the first responders heroicly looked for survivors and the true magnitude of what had happened began to set in. Confusion was followed by horror which was followed by sadness, and then rage. This was my experience, and to be honest, I don’t know if I ever fully coped with what happened during what’s been called our generation’s Pearl Harbor.
I’d be lying if I said I could appreciate the intensity of emotions experienced by New Yorkers during that time. The way architect Michael Arad coped with the tragedy was to create. In his 2011 interview with the Washington Post, he commented “As a New Yorker, I had a need to respond.”
Maybe that’s why the 9/11 Memorial is so moving. Somehow, it’s found a way to help the people and visitors of New York begin to heal.
Creativity is cathartic.