9. Franz Koenig Sphere

The Sphere once stood in between the North and South Towers at the original World Trade Center.

The Sphere is a bronze sculpture by Franz Koenig that once stood in the Tobin Plaza between the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center. After the attacks on September 11th, the Sphere was recovered from the rubble and relocated to Battery Park near the Hope Garden but was moved back in 2017 to the World Trade Center site at Liberty Park. It accompanies an Eternal Flame that was lit on the first anniversary of the attacks. The plaque reads: “It was damaged during the tragic events of 11 September 2001, but endures as an icon of hope and the indestructible spirit of this country. The Sphere was placed here on 11 March 2002 as a temporary memorial to all who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center.”

In 2017, the Sphere made a triumphant return back to the World Trade Center