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World Trade Center Sphere's Uncertain Fate Worries 9/11 Families


Photograph by wallyg on Flickr A sculpture that once stood in the World Trade Center plaza and was damaged from debris during the 9/11 attacks has been in Battery Park since 2002. But construction is scheduled for Battery Park, which means The Sphere needs to move again—and some families of 9/11 victims say they'll boycott the 10th anniversary of the attacks if it's not moved back to the World Trade Center site.

DNAinfo reports that Michael Burke, whose firefighter brother was killed on 9/11, started a petition to return the Fritz Koenig-sculpted work to the WTC: "Burke has been begging memorial officials for years to move the sphere back to the Trade Center site. However, Burke said the officials have told him they do not want any 9/11 artifacts cluttering the 8-acre memorial plaza, which will have 400 trees and waterfalls in the tower footprints."

The Port Authority is apparently thinking about relocating The Sphere to Liberty Park, but Liberty Park isn't scheduled to be complete until "at least 2013," which means The Sphere would be put in storage.

Contact the author of this article or email [email protected] with further questions, comments or tips. By Jen Chung in News on February 28, 2011 10:37 AM

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  • Spirit of 76 If some of these families boycott the commemoration, will anyone actually notice, let alone care?
  • seaanemoneman I long ago grew weary of "9/11 families," and in my ideal world we would build useful things instead of gigantic memorials. Still, the idea of not "cluttering up" the MEMORIAL PLAZA with real artifacts seems bizarre, if not totally farcical.
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