The blue lights from Tribute in Light shine over the illuminated memorial pool at night.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

Tribute in Light

Tribute in Light is a commemorative public art installation first presented six months after 9/11 and then every year thereafter, from dusk to dawn, on the night of September 11. It has become an iconic symbol that both honors those killed and celebrates the unbreakable spirit of New York.

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About the Tribute

Assembled on the roof of the Battery Parking Garage south of the 9/11 Memorial, the twin beams reach up to four miles into the sky and are comprised of eighty-eight 7,000-watt xenon lightbulbs positioned into two 48-foot squares, echoing the shape and orientation of the Twin Towers. The installation can also be viewed from a 60-mile radius around lower Manhattan.

Tribute in Light was conceived by several artists and designers who were then brought together under the auspices of the Municipal Art Society and Creative Time: John Bennett, Gustavo Boneverdi, Richard Nash Gould, Julian LaVerdiere, and Paul Myoda, with lighting consultant Paul Marantz.

Tribute in Light is produced by Michael Ahern Production Services.

Tribute in Light is Presented in Partnership With

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Partnering with NYC Tourism + Conventions

As an extension of Tribute in Light, for the 22nd anniversary of the September 11 attacks, we are once again partnered with New York City Tourism + Conventions and buildings throughout the city who will light up their facades and rooftops in sky blue. “Tribute in Lights” is a unique but simple gesture of collective remembrance that illuminates the city each year on the evening of September 11 from dusk until dawn.

To confirm your participation, please complete the form at the bottom of this page. 

Participants on the 22nd anniversary will include Con Edison, One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, Bloomberg L.P., Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC), The Oculus, RXR Realty buildings, the Helmsley Building, the Bank of America Tower, One Vanderbilt, Barclays, The Howard Hughes Corporation – The Seaport, 425 Park Avenue, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York City Fire Museum, New York Comedy Club, Hudson River Museum, Queens Museum, Intrepid Museum, Battery Park City Authority, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Weylin, Empire Outlets, Empire State Plaza, State Fairgrounds – Main Gate & Expo Center, Niagara Falls, Albany International Airport Gateway, Lake Placid Olympic Center, MTA LIRR – East End Gateway at Penn Station, Moynihan Train Hall, Walkway Over the Hudson Historic State Park, JFK Air Traffic Control Tower, LGA East & West Parking Garage Facades, LGA East Substation, LGA Terminal C Headhouse, The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building, State Education Building, Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, the PHOENIX rollercoaster at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park in Coney Island, Luna Park in Coney Island, and bridges throughout the state including the Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, Kosciuszko Bridge, “Franklin D. Roosevelt” Mid-Hudson Bridge, and the Fairport Lift Bridge over the Erie Canal.

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