9/11, Fritz Koenig & Battery Park

A sculpture designed by Fritz Koenig from the World Trade Center complex, which was damaged but not destroyed on 9/11, was temporary placed in Battery Park at the tip of Manhattan. Now the artwork will need to move because of construction in the park. (Battery Park is important to me because it is the site of Castle Garden, the first place my German ancestors, and possibly other relatives, walked on American soil.)

Many 9/11 family members, who see the sphere as a symbol of resilience, had hoped the sculpture would return to the heart of the World Trade Center site.

It’s become an icon because it was in that place,” said Burke, whose brother, FDNY Capt. William F. Burke, was killed on 9/11. “Why not put it back where it belongs?”



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