Press Release Article


Date: Nov 28, 2017
Press Release Number: 216-2017

Iconic sphere will permanently reside in WTC’s Liberty Park

The Port Authority will formally dedicate the return of the iconic Koenig Sphere to the World Trade Center site at a 10 a.m. ceremony on Wednesday, November 29.

The dedication ceremony for the Sphere – a metallic artwork by German Sculptor Fritz Koenig – will be held in the World Trade Center’s Liberty Park, which has become the permanent home for the sculpture. Among the speakers will be Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton and Michael Burke, whose brother Capt. William F. Burke Jr of Engine Co. 21, died on 9/11. Mr. Burke has been a longtime advocate for having the sphere returned to the World Trade Center site. Also speaking will be Christiane Fischer, the President and CEO of AXA Art Americas Corporation, the insurance company that owns the sphere, and Alice Greenwald, the President and CEO of the National 9/11 Memorial Foundation.

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, was on display in Battery Park since 2002. It was returned to the World Trade Center site in mid-August and has been visible to the public at its permanent home since September.

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.

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