Fritz Koenig, sculp­tor whose art with­stood 9/11 at­tack, dies

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Fritz Koenig, a Ger­man sculp­tor whose work “The Sphere’’ be­came a sym­bol of re­silience af­ter the 9-11 at­tacks in New York, has died. He was 92.

Koenig, a well-known artist thanks to his distinc­tive large stat­ues and sculp­tures, cre­ated the ball-shaped bronze over a four-year pe­riod start­ing in 1967.

Orig­i­nally called “Grosse Kugelka­ry­atide N.Y.,’’ the 25-foot- (7.7 me­tre) -high sculp­ture stood at the foot of the World Trade Cen­ter from 1971 un­til Sept. 11, 2001, when al-Qaida hi­jack­ers flew air­lin­ers into the twin tow­ers.

It was re­cov­ered from the rub­ble — heav­ily dented but struc­turally in­tact — and was moved to Bat­tery Park, where it now stands along­side an eter­nal flame ded­i­cated to the peo­ple who died. A plaque notes that the sculp­ture was con­ceived as a sym­bol of world peace.

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