Among all the sculptures in Battery Park, The Sphere is by far the most moving. The “Koenig Sphere” was named after German Artist Fritz Koenig, who was commissioned by the Port Authority to create the sculpture for the Austin J. Tobin Plaza outside the Twin Towers.
Following the 9/11 attacks in New York that caused the collapse of the Twin Towers, the 25-tons sculpture was finally found in the rubble with only a few bumps. The sphere was then moved several times in New York City before finally finding home in Battery Park.
“A symbol of strength and survival”
The Sphere will now make its return near its original location! Port Autorithy announced that the sculpture will be relocated permanently in Liberty Park, a new garden laid in the southwest corner of the World Trade Center.
“The Sphere is a symbol of strength and survival and reflects the Port Authority’s continuing commitment to remember those, including 84 agency employees, who were lost 15 years ago and those who survived the terrible attacks at the World Trade Center site”, said Port Authority Chairman John Degnan. “Returning the iconic Koenig sphere to its rightful home at the World Trade Center site symbolizes our resilience in the wake of unspeakable horror and that we will never forget those who were lost on that fateful day in September”, adds Port Authority Vice Chairman Steven M. Cohen.