The Sphere

The Sphere, Battery Park, public art, New York City

Public Art : The Sphere sculpture

Original Name:  Große Kugelkaryatide (Great Spherical Caryatid)

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 segments

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