Public Art : The Sphere sculpture
Original Name: Große Kugelkaryatide (Great
Sculptor: © Fritz Koenig
Description: The Sphere is a 25ft bronze globe. It
was cast in 52 segments. The Sphere was designed to rotate once every 24 hours.
Date Unveiled: The Sphere was originally the center
piece of a ring of fountains in the middle of Austin J. Tobin Plaza of the World Trade Center
Artist's Statement Following 9/11: "It was a
sculpture, now it's a monument,"
Commissioned by: Port Authority of New York and
New Jersey (PANYNJ)
Location: The Sphere is located in Battery Park, near
the Hope Garden , Manhattan, New York City, USA.
For three decades , this sculpture stood in the plaza of the World Trade Center. Entitled "The Sphere",
it was conceived by artist Fritz Koenig as a symbol of world peace. It was damaged during the tragic
events of September 11, 20101, but endures an icon of hope and the indestructible spirit of this
country. The Sphere was placed here on March 11, 2002 as a temporary memorial to all who lost their
lives in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade center.
This eternal flame was ignited on September 11, 2002 in honor of those who were lost. Their spirit and
sacrifice will never be forgotten.
The Sphere Trivia:
Koenig began working
on the The Sphere in his barn in Bavaria in 1967, while the WTC was in the planning stages. It took him 4 years to complete and was
completed just in time for the opening of the Towers.
The Sphere was cast in 52