Press Release Article


Date: Sep 05, 2017
Press Release Number: 160-2017

The public will get its first glimpse of the iconic Koenig Sphere – a metallic artwork by German Sculptor Fritz Koenig that symbolized hope and resilience following the 9/11 terrorist attacks – beginning Wednesday morning, September 6, at the World Trade Center’s Liberty Park.

The sphere, which stood in the center of the Austin J. Tobin Plaza prior to 9/11 and was recovered from the rubble after the attacks, had been on display in Battery Park since March 2002. In early August 2017, the artwork was returned to the World Trade Center and was installed in the center of Liberty Park, where it has undergone cleaning since its arrival on the site.

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners formally approved the sphere’s move to Liberty Park at its July 22, 2016 meeting. The sphere was initially created to symbolize world peace through world trade and served as a centerpiece at the World Trade Center for three decades amid a ring of fountains.

The sphere will be formally dedicated at its permanent home at a later date.

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