This monument depicts an eagle with wings spread above a book with names of the victims from Essex County in the 9/11 attacks. It also includes a little girl holding a teddy bear, which represents the children who lost loved ones, and a fireman’s hat and police hat to honor the first responders. There is also a granite slab that contains the names of all the victims of the 9/11 attacks. The final piece is the statue of a young man that is looking at the skyline of New York. He represents the future generations that can rebuild.
What I found most surprising was the way that the monument utilized the skyline to instill a feeling of security as the eagle watched over everything, and hope as the boy looked out on everyone.
A monument is most effective when it incorporates what is naturally available. In this case that was the skyline and the fact that this was where people went on September 11th and saw the towers fall.