Years ago, I rode the elevator to the observation deck of the World Trade Center. Since the buildings were a fixture on the New York skyline, I recall paying more attention to getting inside and taking those massive elevators to the top. It was an incredible view both outward across the New York City skyline and downward at the tiny streets below. It was truly inspiring.
September 11, 2001 was a day that trashed the fond memory and locked in a dark one. You may share that same feeling...
People always remember exactly where they were during a landmark event. I remember every minute of that morning in slow motion. I used to think that the statement "Never forget" was engraved in the day to force Americans to remember its magnitude. Fifteen years later to the day, I don't need reminding. It is there for this lifetime and has been passed on to my next generation with no softening for young ears.
Seeing recent images of One World Trade Center, it gave me back the inspiring feeling that I once had, but from a different vantage point. You are forced to look upward at art in motion. A single flowing tower has replaced the symmetry of its predecessors. Its tapered lines, reflective angles and unique stance remind me of a steeple, or spire. To me, though only viewed from a photo, it looks aspirational and pushed me to create something that expresses my feelings in a visual way on September 11, 2016. I have included it above. Good job New York!