This morning, New Yorkers got a first glimpse at the 25-ton, bronze Koenig Sphere, which returned to the World Trade Center in August 2017. It’s now visible to the public at its new home, located at the center of Liberty Park.

Created by German Sculptor Fritz Koenig, the metallic centerpiece, symbolizing peace, hope and resiliency, formerly served as a centerpiece in the Austin J. Tobin Plaza, where it stood for three decades prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The Koenig Sphere was discovered with a large gash

Since March 2002, the sculpture had been on display in The Battery, where it was temporarily placed after it was recovered from debris following the attacks. On July 22, 2016, The Port Authority Board of Commissioners approved the sphere’s move to Liberty Park. Since arriving on site, the sculpture has undergone cleaning and will be formally dedicated at its permanent home at a later date.

Also, noteworthy in Liberty Park is the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, currently undergoing construction, and the Anne Frank tree, the eleventh clone of the original white chestnut tree outside the hiding place of Anne Frank and her family in Amsterdam.

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