Tonight I had the honor of attending the Tribute in Light installation, an annual tradition by the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS). Following the devastation of September 11, 2001, MAS assembled the first sponsors for a temporary memorial, and in collaboration with Creative Time, co-founded Tribute in Light which lit the sky 6 months after the attacks. The twin beams of light–visible within a 60-mile radius on a clear night–have become an icon of remembrance, honoring the victims of September 11 and serving as a globally recognized symbol  of the extraordinary losses we suffered on that day.

The most incredible moment for me came as I ascended to the roof to capture the Tribute in Light from above. The stairs opened up into a vista of the pale blue lights and my heart just stood still. I took a moment to just stand there, take it in, and try make my best shot.

After an opening by MAS president Vin Copolla, Bebe Neuwirth gave a beautiful reading.

Some of us were allowed to go inside the footprints and from there you can see what an incredible feat this installation is:

The view looking upward from within the footprint of light:

Some additional shots:

Support Tribute in Light and MAS to keep this memorial shining. Donate online at, call 212 935 3960 or by texting “TRIBUTE” to 20222

Get in touch with the author @untappedmich.

Untapped New York 9/11 Coverage:

9/11 Memorial in Pictures
A look inside the 9/11 Memorial from a volunteer at the service
Behind the Scenes at Ground Zero with Photographer John Bartlestone
9/11 Memorial Partners with Social Media App Broadcastr
The Downtown Doodler Remembers 9/11