Kensico Dam – The Rising

Above: The Rising as seen from the West Pavilion.

According to The Official Website for Westchester County Government:

Westchester County’s September 11th Memorial incorporates the names of all the Westchester residents who died, the communities in which they lived and a quote about them from their loved ones. These words are engraved along the outside of the memorial’s circular base. Steel rods extend from the base like the spokes of a wheel before reaching skyward and intertwining. The memorial is surrounded by landscaping that includes perennial plantings and park benches.

The memorial is located at the intersection of many pathways and viewpoints,and thereby extends its presence into the surrounding landscape. The Rising is an open structure. It can be approached from all directions and allows people of all ages and abilities to view it, as well as move through it.

The Rising is the work of Frederic Schwartz, an internationally renowned Manhattan architect who, among many other accomplishments, designed the new Staten Island Ferry Terminal and who was also selected to create the September 11th Memorial for the State of New Jersey.

He founded the THINK team, whose design was selected as a finalist for the redesign of the World Trade Center. Schwartz, whose place of business was in view of the Twin Towers and who donated his time to the project, said that he wanted to design a memorial that expressed the immensity of such a loss while still conveying a sense of hope. His intention was to honor each person individually and unite them together as a community.

Schwartz won a citation award from the Westchester/Mid-Hudson chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for his design of The Rising.


Looking towards the dam

Closer view showing details of the structure

Inside looking up

One of the entrances to the memorial

Names on the base

Taken with a Panasonic Lumix GX85 and Lumix G Vario 14-140 f3.5-5.6

Colorful pieces

I came across these pieces in a box outside a junk store in Brooklyn, NY. I have no idea what they are. Maybe badges? I just liked how colorful they are. It’s a chaotic jumble, but I can see quite a number of subjects: a dove, a wheel, an eagle, a horse’s head, a native american head complete with headdress, a mushroom, a deer, a locomotive, and, interestingly since the day I’m writing this is St. Patrick’s Day, a shamrock. There are probably more that I’m not immediately seeing. But somehow, among all this confusion my eye seems to settle on Angel figure with the red book.

Taken with a Panasonic Lumix GX85 and Leica DG Summilux 15mm f1.7