September 11

Six months after the tragedy of September 11, and in order to commemorate the lives that were lost, beginning March 11 and lasting until April 11, 2002, two searchlights are sending powerful beams of blue light from a lot next to ground “0” in lower Manhattan vertically into the sky over New York. This is known as a Tribute in Light memorial and is intended to show peace and order after the chaos around the events of September 11. This can be justifiably seen as a fitting way, using modern technology, for a nation to honour those who lost their lives during this horrific incident.

It is particularly apt, it seems to me, because it captures by way of an image the sense that behind the concrete fact of the two towers and their dissolution lay a spiritual and mythic reality represented by blue light. Blue is an interesting choice of colour as it symbolically can represent values of will and detachment.