The Oculus and the Survivor Tree

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The Oculus and the Survivor Tree, drawn during a recent visit to the 9/11 Memorial.

The Oculus transportation hub at World Trade Center was designed by Santiago Calatrava, and to me, looks like two large protective angels wings reaching out over the site of the former World Trade Center.

The survivor tree is a Callery pear tree that was discovered still alive, although badly damaged, in the rubble of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The tree was taken off property and nursed back to health by the NYC Dept of Parks and Recreation, and returned to be planted at the Memorial in 2010. According to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum website, it “stands as a living reminder of resilience, survival, and rebirth.”

This week marks 18 years since the 9/11 attacks. That sunny Tuesday afternoon feels like yesterday, and a hundred years ago, at the same time. Sending a thought out to those still suffering from missing lost loved ones and those still fighting, suffering from 9/11 related illnesses. New York City before the attack sometimes seems like a beautiful dream.

posted by Veronica

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