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The jurors toasted their late-night decision with champagne.

Three on short listThe three proposals that emerged before Monday’s meeting were “Garden of Lights,” “Passages of Light: the Memorial Cloud” and “Reflecting Absence,” the source said, on condition of anonymity.

“Garden of Lights” includes a public area filled with lights, one for each victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack and the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

The three-level memorial, designed by Pierre David, Sean Corriel and Jessica Kmetovic, has a garden on the top and a private area for families of the victims at the twin towers’ footprints, connected by a path and a stream of water.

“Passages of Light,” by Gisela Baurmann, Sawad Brooks and Jonas Coersmeier, includes an open-air structure with cathedral-like vaults and a glass walkway and would have an altar for each victim.

The last finalist, Michael Arad’s “Reflecting Absence,” has two pools of water 30 feet below street level. Pine trees and a paved stone field lead to the pools.

Since the eight designs were announced on Nov. 19, reaction has been generally negative, with critics complaining that the proposals were too generic and failed to evoke the horror of the 2001 attack on the trade center.

Anthony Gardner, who lost his brother in the attack and is a member of a coalition of family groups, said he was disappointed the jury moved so soon.

“The public, including the coalition, raised a lot of concerns about these designs,” Gardner said. “They were sterile and didn’t communicate the enormity.”

The memorial, part of the larger redevelopment at the 16-acre trade center site, will accompany a 1,776-foot glass skyscraper that twists into the sky. The signature skyscraper, called the Freedom Tower, would be the tallest in the world, organizers say.

The tower design was unveiled last month.The three proposals that emerged before Monday’s meeting were “Garden of Lights,” “Passages of Light: the Memorial Cloud” and “Reflecting Absence,” the source said, on condition of anonymity.

“Garden of Lights” includes a public area filled with lights, one for each victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack and the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

The three-level memorial, designed by Pierre David, Sean Corriel and Jessica Kmetovic, has a garden on the top and a private area for families of the victims at the twin towers’ footprints, connected by a path and a stream of water.

“Passages of Light,” by Gisela Baurmann, Sawad Brooks and Jonas Coersmeier, includes an open-air structure with cathedral-like vaults and a glass walkway and would have an altar for each victim.

The last finalist, Michael Arad’s “Reflecting Absence,” has two pools of water 30 feet below street level. Pine trees and a paved stone field lead to the pools.

Family concernsSince the eight designs were announced on Nov. 19, reaction has been generally negative, with critics complaining that the proposals were too generic and failed to evoke the horror of the 2001 attack on the trade center.

Anthony Gardner, who lost his brother in the attack and is a member of a coalition of family groups, said he was disappointed the jury moved so soon.

The three-level memorial, designed by Pierre David, Sean Corriel and Jessica Kmetovic, has a garden on the top and a private area for families of the victims at the twin towers’ footprints, connected by a path and a stream of water.

“Passages of Light,” by Gisela Baurmann, Sawad Brooks and Jonas Coersmeier, includes an open-air structure with cathedral-like vaults and a glass walkway and would have an altar for each victim.

The last finalist, Michael Arad’s “Reflecting Absence,” has two pools of water 30 feet below street level. Pine trees and a paved stone field lead to the pools.

"The public, including the coalition, raised a lot of concerns about these designs,” Gardner said. “They were sterile and didn’t communicate the enormity.”

The memorial, part of the larger redevelopment at the 16-acre trade center site, will accompany a 1,776-foot glass skyscraper that twists into the sky. The signature skyscraper, called the Freedom Tower, would be the tallest in the world, organizers say.

The tower design was unveiled last month.