The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, February 7, 2016

Future unclear for World Trade Center 45,000-pound sphere that survived 9/11 attacks
Pedestrians pass 'The Sphere' in Battery Park Friday, April 6, 2012, in New York. The sphere sculpture that emerged largely intact from the rubble of the Sept. 11 attacks, becoming a symbol of resilience and international harmony, will soon be moved from the Manhattan park where it has been on display for a decade. AP Photo/Frank Franklin II.

By: Samantha Gross, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP).- The 45,000-pound sphere sculpture that emerged largely intact from the rubble of the World Trade Center following the Sept. 11 attacks faces an uncertain future as officials prepare to remove it from the park where it has been on display for a decade.

"The Sphere," originally dedicated as a monument to world peace through trade, became an interim memorial in the months after 9/11. A year after the attacks, Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined Afghan President Hamid Karzai and officials from about 90 foreign nations at its base to light an eternal flame.

Nearly a decade later, the eternal flame could possibly be snuffed out, and there is no permanent plan for the 25-foot-high structure made of bronze and steel. Officials said this week that it will be removed by the end of the month to make way for renovations to Battery Park, the green space that has been home to the sculpture.

Some family members of those killed have gathered thousands of signatures in an online petition urging officials to incorporate the sculpture into the 9/11 memorial and return it to the spot where it once stood as a centerpiece of a 5-acre plaza. Originally, Bloomberg said the battered globe would likely serve as a centerpiece for a permanent memorial, but ultimately it wasn't included in the plans.

Michael Burke, who lost his brother in the attacks and has been helping to lead the effort to get the sphere returned to the plaza, called the sculpture's exclusion a disgrace.

"It's the last remaining intact artifact of the trade center," he said Friday. "It represents the triumph of the values attacked, of peace and cooperation, over the terrorism, the hatred and intolerance that attacked."

As for the eternal flame, plans call for the gas line that feeds the fire to be turned off. But Julie Wood, a spokeswoman for the mayor, said the city is still evaluating what should be done.

"We're looking at a variety of options," she said in a statement.

Ron Marsico, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which commissioned the statue in 1971, said that Battery Park had never been intended as a permanent home for it. The agency may place the sphere in an airport hangar where other World Trade Center artifacts are already being stored, he said.

"We are exploring options on where it will be located in the short term," Marsico said in a statement. "The short-term location will be used until a permanent home is identified."

Burke said the Port Authority had recently shared some renderings with him and other family members that depicted the possibility of placing the statue on Liberty Street, just across from the 9/11 Memorial. But he objected that the sculpture, now imbued with such history and significance, would not be prominently placed.

"It's not going to be part of the memorial experience," he said.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Today's News

April 9, 2012

Titanomania: New SeaCity Museum in Southampton charts obsession with Titanic

Columbia Museum of Art announces major upcoming Impressionist exhibition

British artist Damien Hirst set to unveil new work at Affordable Art Fair, April 18-22, NYC

The window in art since Matisse and Duchamp on view at the Kunstsammlung NRW

Archives of American Art contributes to Syracuse University Library's Marcel Breuer digital archive

Chaumont-sur Loire opens exhibition exploring the relationship between artistic creation and nature

Los Angeles looks to revive mythic past with streetcars in four-mile Broadway-to-Figueroa loop

Future unclear for World Trade Center 45,000-pound sphere that survived 9/11 attacks

History in the Making: Sketches for iconic paintings on view at Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery

Spring season opens at the Monterey Museum of Art with new exhibitions including over 150 works

Smithsonian scientists discover new threat to birds posed by invasive pythons

Art 43 Basel announces Art Statements sector: Twenty-seven solo shows by emerging artists

New outdoor sculpture by Jim Hodges to be installed at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis

Kaminski Auctions sells the collection of a prominent Boston Art Deco collector

Pinocchio welcomes visitors to the Cincinnati Art Museum

The Public Theater to unveil revitalized downtown home this fall

New York 20th Century Art and Design Fair to honor American design pioneer Paul McCobb

Cost to pack state park artifacts will cut savings

Cruise ship to retrace voyage of Titanic

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Pace/MacGill Gallery presents a survey of privately produced photographs by Irving Penn

2.- New Bosch painting owned by Nelson-Atkins unveiled on eve of 500th celebrations

3.- World's greatest cat painting on view at Portland Art Museum

4.- Exhibition examines the role of gardens in the paintings of Monet and his contemporaries

5.- Roman fresco hidden beneath the streets of London uncovered by archaeologists

6.- Exhibition of photographs by Peter Lindbergh opens at Gagosian Gallery Athens

7.- Getty Museum acquires Gentileschi's 'Danaë' for $30.5 million at Sotheby's New York

8.- The Fondation Beyeler presents Jean Dubuffet's work in a major retrospective

9.- Berlin mulls uses for Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels' abandoned love nest

10.- France and Netherlands seal historic 160 million euro Rembrandt paintings purchase

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Social Network Manager and Translator: Norma Cristina Pérez Ayala Cano

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful