After two planes crashed into the twin towers on September 11, 2001, Brian Curry, CEO of EarthCam, set up cameras near the sight to capture the work of the first responders. Still more cameras were added to the site and in the ten years between 2004 and 2014, these cameras captured the changing landscape of the area as the 9/11 memorial was built.

A live feed of the area continues to this day.

While the images of the memorial coming up are indeed stunning, the 9/11 memorial has faced controversy since inception. The privately-funded memorial museum, dedicated to the 2,983 people who perished in the terror attacks, has been called an example of crass commercialism for charging an entry fee of $24, having a gift shop and a cafe at the site, where the unidentified remains of the fatalities have been kept