Competition finalists receive US $100,000 for WTC memorial design

A competition held for the design of a memorial for the World Trade Center site in New York City, to be judged this Fall, will choose eight finalists who will receive more than $100,000 to further develop their ideas, according to NY Newsday. The overall cost of the memorial competition from its launch in April to historical documentation purposes is estimated to be close to US $3 million. The thirteen members of the jury, who will choose a winner in October or November, include Maya Lin, designer of the Vietman Veterans Memorial, Paula Grant Berry, a widow of the September 11 attacks, memorial expert James Young, Carnegie Corporation president Vartan Gregorian, former Pataki spokesman Michael McKeon and Deputy Mayor of New York City Patricia Harris. The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation authorized US $250,000 for an exhibit of the memorial finalists and the competition’s eventual winner, likely to be held in the World Financial Center’s Wintergarden. US $1.75 million are allocated for a continuous environmental review of the Trade Center’s site plan.