Danbury 9-11 Memorial Project

Mayor Mark Boughton announced at a community September 11 Memorial Service in 2003 that the City of Danbury, CT would erect a permanent September 11 Memorial and dedicate it on September 11 2004. The appointed 9-11 committee then selected Henry Richardson to create the sculpture that would be the focal point of the memorial. Richardson created the sculpture by taking huge sheets of 28 inch square panels of ½ inch glass, cut out the centers and then used a hammer and chisel to chisel out the inner space, forming a 21 inch square by 144 inch interior space- representing the absence of the World Trade Towers to their proportional dimensions. The interior empty space is the same proportional dimensions as the physical presence of both towers.

Looking from the front of the sculpture through a 8 inch wide window to the inside of the column, one sees an inner column of polished glass, 3 inches thick by 9 inches wide by 12 feet high, with engraved names of all the Connecticut victims. Danbury resident's names are highlighted at eye-level. Richardson chose to alphabetize the victims names by first name, feeling that to be a more personal way of finding a loved one. The memorial, located on Main Street in Elmwood Park is a 12 foot high, 6000 pound tower of glass mounted on a pentagon of Connecticut granite.