The Sphere

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Neighborhood: Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
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  • Cortlandt St • 3 min walk
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BklynBoy8
Brooklyn, NY80 contributions
The Sphere was located in the center of the WTC Plaza with the WTC building surrounding it.

I personally saw the Sphere the very last time on 9-9-2001 walking thru the plaza.

After the attack the Organizations relocated it in the Battery Park till a decision was made how to properly locate it.

We saw it again recently during a trip into Manhattan. So sad to see it again remembering that day so well.

They attached to make it in memorial a eternal flame.

To have know it perfect condition, they are memorializing it in the condition it was found that day and decided not to repair it as a symbol.

Heartfelt feeling when it is seen.
Written July 9, 2021
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geezerhippie
Switzerland, Fla.1,305 contributions
Couples
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 a symbol of hope and resilience.
Written October 22, 2019
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Jess Krogman
Boston, MA98 contributions
We went to Battery Park expecting to find this. FYI, it is NOT located here. TripAdvisor needs to fix the location on this!

The Sphere is a sculpture by Fritz Koenig that survived the 9/11 attacks. It is dented but survives as a memorial. Free to check out and it's right next to the 9/11 Memorial Fountain. Not sure if this is handicap accessible as it's up a flight of stairs.
Written August 12, 2019
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK4,998 contributions
Family
It was recovered from the terrible events and on display in Battery park for a long time, recently (2017) it has now moved to Liberty park and a fitting place for it, well worth a climb up the steps to see it properly, must see.
Written September 2, 2018
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harvardmom2
Rockaway, NJ209 contributions
Solo
Most people don't know what this is.... when it is moved to the new park that overlooks the 9/11 Memorial Plaza, it will be "home" again- placed appropriately.

I know there has been much controversy about the placement of The Sphere, and thousands of people each week pass it by, perhaps without even recognizing its historic significance. (It was once located on the plaza between the World Trade Center Buildings and survived the collapse)

Looking over the Memorial Pools and Plaza, The Sphere will be given the respect and honor it deserves.
Written July 13, 2017
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Escape-overseas
Stevenage, UK1,755 contributions
Couples
A survivor from the 9/11 attack. The globe was originally located to the front of the twin towers and was recovered from the rubble. Now positioned on an elevated site on the opposite side of the road from the 9/11 memorial, overlooking the same. The fact that it survived, all-be-it dented, is a miracle in itself.
Written March 28, 2019
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bukagirl
New Jersey3,773 contributions
Couples
This is across from the freedom tower.
So do not go crazy looking for it in Battery park!
A nice sculpture, when looking at the ground zero site turn around and you will see this.
Written March 5, 2019
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Torkm68
Pitmedden, UK908 contributions
Couples
The Sphere survived the collapse of the 2 towers and is now back in Liberty plaza overlooking the memorial pools and the new towers rising out of the ashes of 9/11 after a hiatus in Battery Park.
Plenty of good camera shots to take from here over the entire 9/11 plaza.
Written April 19, 2018
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jesse.lodge
Charlotte, NC584 contributions
Family
While waiting in line to take the Statue of Liberty tour to we saw this in Battery Park. At first I didn't realize what it was and just figured it was bad art. Then later in the day I came back and found out it was a statue between the twin towers that was damaged on 9/11. I had a better appreciation for this artwork once I realized that. To think it was damaged on 9/11 but still can be shown was very inspiring. I would recommend seeing if walking around Battery Park.
Written June 24, 2016
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Northern_Traveler00
Boston, MA58,672 contributions
Definitely worth stopping by and reading about this sculpture that was on the site of the WTC going back a few decades and was damaged, but not destroyed on 9/11/01
Written July 6, 2021
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