At 9/11 Memorial, a needed antidote to our fickle, ever-shifting media cycle.
Ari L. Goldman
Special To The Jewish Week
Way back in September, when the big story in downtown Manhattan was the opening of the new 9/11 Memorial, I went online and reserved an entrance ticket. The demand for tickets in early September was so great that I couldn’t get one until the very end of October.
Pinning down the influences of 9/11 memorial architect Michael Arad isn’t easy. But some sense echoes of the Holocaust in ‘Reflecting Absence.’
Few profiles of Michael Arad, the architect of the Sept. 11 memorial that opens this week, have failed to mention that he is Israeli — the son of a former ambassador, no less. But most stop there, shying away from details, in no small part because Arad wants it that way.
“For me, it’s not about my nationality, and I made a point for it never to become about that,” Arad, 42, recently told The Jewish Week. “If people want to see something that’s not there, they can, but it’s pointless.”