The finalists for the memorials at the World Trade Center site in NYC were unveiled today, and in all honesty, I'm with John Scalzi -- none of them really strike me. But it's really hard to get a handle on them; only one, "Reflecting Absence", seems to convey what the memorial would look like in the context of the design for the office buildings they're planning to erect on that spot, and one -- the "Memorial Cloud" frankly looks to me just plain bizarre. And quite honestly, the written descriptions of the memorials are mostly painful to read, in the sense of "purple prose". (Do the "Memorial Cloud" people really want the symbolism of a bandaid over a wound?)
Memorials are really tricky things.