By Julie Shapiro
LOWER MANHATTAN — Two-hundred-and-ninety-two days before the 9/11 memorial is scheduled to open, a countdown clock is going on display nearby.
The clock, which will be unveiled Tuesday at the 9/11 Memorial Preview site on Vesey Street, will track the number of days until the memorial’s planned opening on the 10-year anniversary of the attacks.
The clock is part of a larger new multimedia exhibit featuring animations and renderings of the 8-acre memorial, said Michael Frazier, memorial spokesman. The exhibit will appear on a new 13-by-7-foot video wall, comprised of nine LCD monitors.
"The great thing about [the exhibit] is that it allows us to show the public what will be here in less than a year," Frazier said, "and it will help people track…when the memorial will open."
On Sept. 11, 2011, the Port Authority has committed to open the memorial pools in the original Twin Towers footprints, the parapets engraved with the victims’ names and part of the surrounding tree-dotted plaza. The belowground museum is scheduled to open the following year, and the rest of the memorial will open as construction of the adjacent towers finishes.
The blog Gearlog reported Monday that Sharp Electronics provided the video screens and that Kozo Takahashi, the company’s CEO, will be on hand for the unveiling Tuesday morning, along with memorial President Joe Daniels and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.