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A view of the National September 11 Memorial Museum with the north reflecting pool in foreground during the museum's dedication ceremony on May 15, 2014 in New York City. Justin Lane—AP

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

May 16, 2014

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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