Thousands of people are demanding a sculpture that survived the World Trade Center attacks be returned to its original location, instead of being moved out of public view and into storage. Our Jeanine Ramirez has more.
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NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- Known as "The Sphere", this bronze globe sculpture by Fritz Koenig stood as a centerpiece at the World Trade Center plaza, between towers one and two. And it's one of the only physical remnants after the destruction of September 11th.
Michael Burke, who lost his brother on 9/11 said, “It speaks to the perseverance of the values attacked. It's a symbol of world peace and cooperation in response to terrorism."
The Sphere was not included in the 9/11 Memorial design. Instead, it's been a fixture in Battery Park since 2002. But now that Battery Park is set to undergo renovations later this month, the sculpture will move again, likely to a hanger at JFK to be put in storage with other 9/11 artifacts. But many 9/11 family members say its rightful place is back at the World Trade Center site.
"How about we just move it a few blocks up here. Put it back at the site. Keep it in the public eye. Keep it in the people's eye,” said Burke.
An online petition to add the sphere to the 9/11 Memorial has more than 7 thousand signatures. Those we spoke with visiting the Memorial say they'd like it to be integrated into the design.
Visitor, Kela Thomas said, “I believe every part of the memorial that could be included on this hallowed ground should be included. I think that's the only proper way to honor the victims and their families."
Visitor, Paul Strauss said, “I think that the fact that this statue survived and it's a statue of the globe, the whole world, and it's meaning that this was indeed an event that impacted the whole world and although damaged by that day, the world got through it. I can't think of a better addition."
Ahead of the move, plans call for the gas line that feeds the eternal flame to be turned off soon. Sources with the 9/11 Memorial said they are planning to put a model of the sphere in the museum when it opens. The sculpture is the property of the Port Authority, which said it is deciding where it should go long term, including possibly somewhere near the memorial.