Time Lapse Video: 9/11 Memorial

Just a few days following the 9/11 attacks, founder and CEO of EarthCam Brian Cury had the idea to install a camera overlooking Ground Zero in order to capture its construction and recovery. Over time, more cameras were trained to record every moment of the progress from different angles over the jobsite.

In May, Cury released the two-minute time lapse video—one million images collected between 2004 and 2014—that pieces together the assembly and constant progress of the Memorial & Museum’s construction.

Designed by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker, and named Reflecting Absence, the construction of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum consisted of:

  • 9,100 tons of steel
  • 36,000 tons of concrete
  • 40,000 tons of soil
  • 52,000 gallons of water flowing through the man-made waterfalls
  • 416 oak trees (each is expected to live 300 years)
  • $700 million budget

Not only can you watch the construction time lapse in the 2:40 video below, you can view Earthcam’s live feed of the Memorial & Museum 24/7.

Companies involved in the Memorial’s construction include:

  • Lend Lease Project Management & Construction
  • Delta Fountains
  • Snøhetta
  • Davis Brody Bond
  • Thinc Design


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