The supervisor of the building of the slurry wall under the World Trade Center, Arturo Lamberto Ressi di Ceria, died recently. Before his passing he was pleased to be told that a portion of that wall will be preserved in the Foundation Hall of the National September 11 Memorial Museum. Slurry walls are built underground to protect the foundation of a building from being damaged by ground water. When the World Trade Center came down on September 11, 2001, the slurry wall held thus preventing the water from the Hudson River from flooding, not only the foundation, but from spilling into the PATH subway system. In 2002 architect, Daniel Libeskind, recognized the significance of this particular slurry wall and recommended that part of it be preserved. He realized that “…this is not only about unimaginable destruction but about the power of resurgence.”
I’ve always been moved by huge man-made constructions like bridges, highways and tall buildings. It was inspiring to find that an architect would be moved also. Perhaps that is why some people choose to become builders. I believe that not only the designer of great projects, but those who see them to successful completion, share in the majesty and pride in a great, practical construction well done. In their way, they are all artists.