The World Trade Center was previously known as Ground Zero since it was destroyed in the September 11th, attacks. The origin of the term Ground Zero goes back to the Atomic bombing in Japan in June 1946. The term Ground Zero refers to the ground directly below the detonation; ” Zero” was the code name given to the spot chosen for the atomic bomb test in 1945.
The western portion of the World Trade Center site was originally under the Hudson River. At it’s shoreline a Dutch explorer’s ship The TYGER burned to the waterline in November 1613; the stranded ship’s crew was forced to overwinter on the island. They built the first European settlement in what would be New York City. The remains of hte ship were buried under landfill when the shoreline was extended starting in 1797 and were discovered during excavation work in 1916. The remains of a second ship from the eighteens century were discovered in 2010 during more excavation work. It was found just south of where the Twin Towers used to stand, the building of the Twin Towers started in 196o.
In 2003 after a hard competetion between many architects and designers it was decided to rebuild THE ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER and THE NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11th MEMORIAL & MUSEUM. Among the numerous architect companies are the THINK Team and Daniel Libeskind.
As I was visiting the Ground Zero, the visitor center was already closed and one of the New York summer rains started to come down, though I had very little time to shoot a few images. Most attracting to me were the reflections of surrounding buildings. These images are a tribute of remembarence of September 11th.
Ditching through the rain towards the Metro suddenly the sky opened up to this sunset reflection on this building across Ground Zero. All the sadness I had felt for the thousands of people who left their life during the attack and the loss for their loved ones , had lifted. This short moment of a glorious reflection raised awareness in me of HOPE and PEACE for this world.
Just recently I watched a great movie which I really recommend “Extremely Loud and incredibly Close”