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September 11 Memorials Across America

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Los Angeles

Memorial Name: LAX “Recovering Equilibrium”

“Recovering Equilibrium” was funded by Los Angeles World Airports, which oversees airports in the city, at a cost $75,000. LAX was the destination for three of the four planes involved in the tragedy.

The 15–foot-diameter, rotating mirror floats above a concrete basin filled with water, where virtues such as forgiveness are inscribed in different languages, representing collective American citizenry. On the lower ring, there are American concepts, such as "Sea to Shining Sea" and "American Dream." The plate is made reflective because designers BJ Krivanek and Joel Breaux want visitors to be able to identify with the victims and their characters.

“It is to capture the shift in the national dialogue that came about after the attacks,” said Sarah Cisarelli, the airport art manager. “Before the attacks, people may have taken for granted certain qualities of American life, such as equality, opportunity and justice; after 9/11, people began to attach greater importance to the meanings of those and other words inscribed on the artwork."

Photo: LAWA