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Report: Jury Narrows WTC Memorial Designs

December 31, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) _ The jury selecting a memorial for the World Trade Center site is leaning toward two favorites, according to a newspaper report.

The 13-member jury favors ``Garden of Lights″ and ``Passages of Light: the Memorial Cloud,″ and could also consider ``Reflecting Absense,″ The New York Times reported in Wednesday editions, citing people involved in the process.

``Garden of Lights″ includes a public area filled with lights, one for each of the 2,982 victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

The three-level memorial has a garden on top and a private area for victims’ families at the tower footprints, connected by a path and stream.

``Passages of Light″ includes an open-air structure with cathedral-like vaults and a glass walkway and would have an altar for each victim.

A third possible contender, ``Reflecting Absence″ by Michael Arad, has pine trees and a paved stone field leading to two pools of water 30 feet below street level.

The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. has said the jury would choose a design in January.

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