May 16, 2014 12:50 PM
Within days of the 9/11 attacks in New York City, EarthCam CEO Brian Cury installed a webcam at the site. He wanted the families of victims - and the world, he says - to witness the brave determination of first responders working at what became known as Ground Zero, Mashable reports.
The cam captured the site over a period of 10 years and captured over 10 million images.
A letter posted with the video from the CEO & Founder of EarthCam:
It's been a heroic undertaking to rebuild downtown New York City after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Within days of this national tragedy, I personally installed a camera to webcast the rescue and recovery for the families, and the world, to see the brave determination of first responders. As the recovery effort continued, we installed more cameras to document the rebuilding and construction of the site. This commemorative time-lapse honors the victims of 9/11 and is dedicated to their families and friends, with special gratitude to the first responders and the steadfast construction teams.
A super hardworking team at EarthCam, who I am so proud to work with, spent countless hours keeping the many webcams at the World Trade Center active for 4,617 days... and counting. This unprecedented effort provided our in-house editors with over 1 million images to choose from when creating this two-and-a-half minute video, as well as our other commemorative World Trade Center movies.
We at EarthCam are committed to continuing this photographic documentation to educate future generations and have donated all the images as well as the original camera to the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
I hope this time-lapse serves as a way to recognize that for the 10 years of construction, there was constant progress made to rebuild these important 16 acres of America.
Produced & Directed by Brian Cury
Archival Producers: Lana Moskalyova & Juan Navas
Webcam Technology: Bill Sharp, James Nicoll, Michael Winfield
Editors: Brian Cury & Ruslan Kolodenker
Location: Riese Restaurants and Millenium Hilton
Special Thanks: Jason Brossa, Joseph Nizza, Keith Winkler, Gus Oh, Amanda Valentin, Michael Van Rensalier, Jeff DeLiberto, James Stump, Charles Dilkes, Phil Pfisterer, Sherri Dudley, Kirstin Uptegrove, Lauren Hopkins, Lisa Kelly