The Memorial Fence originally was erected to protect the community from a dangerous area. As the community responded to the needs of the rescue workers it restricted those who wished they could be at the bombing site to assit in the effort. The boundary became a spontaneous memorial; the beginning of the healing process.
The Reflecting Pool reflects all that has changed as a result of 9:02, the minute the blast occured. It leads one to contemplate the limitless impact of the event. Seeing our own reflection speaks to how differnet the world we live in today is from that of 1995.
All of the damage on the south wall of the Journal Record Building is a direct result of the attack. The damage was left to remind us of the impact of violence. Over 340 buildings were damaged and 16 buildings were brought down completely.
The Gates 9:01 and 9:03 capture the memorial in the time and space in which the blast occured. The before represents the last minute of innocents, and the after represents the beginning of the healing process.
The plaza, part of the formal entry into the building, has been maintained in as close to its original state as possible. It is open to the public and provides visitors with an overlook of the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial.