Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2011.179.15
Dimensions: 17 ½ in X 95 ½ in X 30 in
Dimensions (Metric): 43.18 cm X 241.3 cm X 76.2 cm
Credit Line: Recovered from the World Trade Center site after September 11, 2001
Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum, Courtesy of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Architect Minoru Yamasaki included a five-acre traffic-free Plaza in his design for the World Trade Center. Its amenities ranged over time from sculpture commissioned for the site to benches and planters filled with seasonal plants. Musical and theatrical performances were held during warm weather. In 1982, the Plaza was named in memory of Austin J. Tobin, the Port Authority executive director who oversaw construction of the complex. When Tobin Plaza was refurbished in 1999 and 2000, these concrete benches were moved to a new seating area near the Church Street entrance to the World Trade Center complex. They were salvaged from the wreckage after 9/11.
In the museum, visitors are invited to use the benches.