A monument to fostering world peace: “The Sphere”

3 09 2008

The Sphere and Fountain

The Sphere and Fountain

“This is ‘The Sphere’ sculpture at Battery Park, Manhattan, New York City. The Sphere originally adorned the Austin Tobin plaza at the World Trade Center complex, but endures now at Battery Park as an icon of hope and interim memorial to the thousands who perished at the World Trade Center on September 11th. It is the same sphere sculpture that, prior to September 11th, was referred to as “a monument to fostering world peace” that sat atop a granite fountain in the center of the 5-acre World Trade Center Plaza. The Sphere was created by sculptor Fritz Koenig in 1971, and is made out of bronze and steel and weighs approximately 45,000 pounds.


After September 11th, the sphere was found among the twisted rubble of the Twin Towers. Although it sustained a large gash through its center, and it was battered, dented and scared, it remained structurally intact. According to Fritz Koenig’s friend and translator (quoted from a BBC article), “they found intestines of one airplane inside a hole that was ripped open in the top of the sculpture. They found a bible in there, an airline seat, papers from offices from the top floor. It became its own cemetery.” The hail of steel, flame and debris that fell from the sky that day disfigured The Sphere – but did not destroy it.

The Sphere and Eternal Flame

The Sphere and Eternal Flame

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, 2001, but endures as 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 all those that were lost. Their spirit and sacrifice will never be forgotten.” ~ BBC article…end.


{Note from DC: In the aftermath of September 11, 2001 my neighbors were peaceful with each other; cooperative and willing to share. Let’s return to being “a monument to fostering world peace.” It takes discipline, responsibility, negotiating, and love for our fellow mankind. It means looking at ourselves and measuring ourselves with the SAME instrument we measure others by.


Ponder this: E-G-O = means Easing God Out. So when the Creator is eased out of the ruling of this nation, we will truly be alone because we have told Him, Her, or It to go away!}


In the words of John Lennon: “All we are saying is give peace a chance.”  




2 responses

4 09 2008

My pleasure, and thank you for teaching me some pointers in my posting. If it flows it is because you’ve taught me well. ~peace

3 09 2008

An excellent piece, it makes the flow of thought right. THANK YOU. om

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