Thursday, September 10, 2015

One

September 10, 2015

When the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City were complete in construction in the early 1970s, they represented “America’s financial might” and were “probably the symbol of capitalism in the world” (philly.com). At 110 stories each, they were the tallest buildings in the world at the time.

On September 11, 2001, they were destroyed in an act of terrorism that left a nation crippled. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of ordinary individuals came together before and during the aftermath of the attacks. The Ground Zero memorials were created in memory of the victims of this tragic day. And from the ashes came the start of a reported work-in-progress to rebuild the site. 

Director Shaul Schwarz’s documentary short “Rise” (from TIME’s Red Border Films, which you can view here) briefly chronicles the construction of the One World Trade Center (1 WTC) tower and the iron workers who helped make it happen. 10,000 workers were reportedly involved in this building’s construction (which completed for the opening in May this year). Consisting of 102 stories (1,776 feet tall) topped by a 408-foot spire, a virtual elevator that recreates the growth of New York City, and a view that stretches as far as fifty miles (including the view of Philadelphia and New Jersey), 1 WTC now stands as the tallest building in the Western hemisphere, and the third tallest building in the world. 

Just as in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, it’s a story of ordinary people coming together to achieve the impossible and to rebuild from out of the rubble and to the skies. Hence a rebirth as well as a monument in memory of the men and women and families of 9/11.

The One World Observatory (center), above the Ground Zero memorial sites

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