Behind the Lens: A Visit to the Foundry

In this photo, two metal workers melt 9/11 World Trade Center steel into hot liquid at a foundry while wearing red hardhats and metallic coverings.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

A little over a year ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Monett Foundry in Springfield, Missouri, to document and witness the melting of World Trade Center steel, which would later be reshaped and poured into the fissures on the 9/11 Memorial Glade’s monoliths. It was a proud and an emotional event for the members of crew involved in the project. It was especially emotional for the “melting manager,” whose birthday happens to fall on 9/11.

By Jin S. Lee, Director of Photography, 9/11 Memorial & Museum

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