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Fritz Koenig, artist whose World Trade Center statue survived 9/11, dies at 92

Fritz Koenig, artist whose World Trade Center statue survived 9/11, dies at 92

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-high sculpture stood at the foot of the World Trade Center from 1971 until Sept. 11, 2001, when al-Qaeda 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...

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