TIME 9/11

9/11 Memorial Timelapse Shows a Decade of Recovery in 2 Minutes

For 4,617 days (and counting) cameras trained on ground zero captured the resilience of a nation

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Days after the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers fell in downtown New York City on September 11, 2001, EarthCam CEO Brian Cury trained a camera on ground zero to capture the recovery effort.

Like the recovery effort itself, that project expanded over time, with more cameras installed at different angles to capture the construction of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum built in the space once occupied by the towers. In this timelapse video, images collected by EarthCam between 2004 and 2014 are assembled to show the decade of construction that turned the rubble of 9/11 into a memorial and museum, the latter of which opened Thursday.

“I hope this time-lapse serves as a way to recognize that for the 10 years of construction, there was constant progress made to rebuild these important 16 acres of America,” Cury said in the video description on YouTube.

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