Nineteen years after radical Islamic terrorists hijacked United Airlines Flight 93, a stunning memorial has taken shape in what was once a barren field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Architect Paul Murdoch got the commission to design the memorial dedicated to the 40 hero passengers and crew who confronted the hijackers and thwarted an attack on another sensitive U.S. target.
The Los Angeles Times reported on Murdoch’s journey to complete the Tower of Voices:
For the last 15 years, Murdoch and a team at his Los Angeles firm, Paul Murdoch Architects, have served as lead designers on the memorial to those aboard Flight 93. In collaboration with the Virginia-based landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz, they have turned what was once a barren industrial clearing into a real deal national park. (The site is managed by the National Park Service.)
The bowl of what was once the open-pit mine is now