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Jury settles on design for WTC memorial

A design for the World Trade Center memorial was picked yesterday from three finalists by a panel that deliberated 12 hours, according to a source familiar with the selection process.

The winning design was to be announced today, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The 13-member design jury convened at Gracie Mansion, the mayoral residence, to reach a consensus after narrowing the field of finalists from eight to three: "Garden of Lights," "Passages of Light: the Memorial Cloud," and "Reflecting Absence," the source said.

The panel celebrated its late-night decision with a bottle of champagne.

"The jury is very pleased," said Kevin Rampe, president of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., the agency overseeing the rebuilding.

The memorial, part of a larger redevelopment at the site, will accompany a 1,776-foot glass skyscraper that twists into the sky, topped by energy-generating windmills and a spire that evokes the Statue of Liberty.

The design panel, which includes Vietnam Veterans Memorial designer Maya Lin and the widow of a trade center victim, chose eight finalists from 5,201 submissions from around the world.

Since the finalists were announced Nov. 19, reaction has been generally negative, with critics complaining that the designs were too generic and failed to evoke the horror of the Sept. 11, 2001.

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