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The Sphere, New York City

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Monument · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Sphere (officially Sphere at Plaza Fountain) is a 25-foot (7.6 m) high, cast bronze sculpture by German artist Fritz Koenig. It is located in Liberty Park at the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, New York City. Originally located at the Austin J. Tobin Plaza, the centerpiece survived the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, which resulted from the September 11 attacks in 2001.

The Sphere was recovered from the rubble, visibly damaged but largely intact. After being dismantled and stored near a hangar at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the sculpture was the subject of the 2001 documentary Koenig's Sphere. On March 11, 2002, six months after the attack, the sculpture was moved temporarily to Battery Park, where in unrestored condition it was rededicated (September 11, 2002) with an eternal flame.

Having become a major tourist attraction, the unrestored sculpture was rededicated on August 16, 2017 by the Port Authority at a permanent location in Liberty Park, overlooking the September 11 Memorial and its original location.
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  • The Koenig Sphere is atop a small hill in the small Plaza Fountain Park, overlooking the reflection pools. It is the only piece of World Trade Center Art that survived the Sept. 11th attack. Now is.....  more »
  • Yes it is a damaged sculptor, but instead of fixing it, the man who made it wanted it to be shown as is..........damaged but survived.  more »
  • Made it a point to visit this sculpture after the 9/11 memorial and museum. This sculpture was always iconic to me of the former World Trade Center towers and 'old America'. Very surreal finally being able to see the sculpture in person, I had long assumed it destroyed having been between the two towers. Chilling more than anything else in the city... probably won't mean much to people who don't fully understand/appreciate it's story but still highly recommend a visit.
  • The space where the Sphere is located is relatively peaceful and clean. Not far from the WTC Memorial pool, but it's not easily visible to the visitors as the location is on an elevated space.

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