Sphere Sculpture - United States
Sphere Sculpture is located in Manhattan,New York.
Sphere Sculpture monument was established on 1966.
Primary threats to Sphere Sculpture :
The Sphere is a large metallic sculpture by German sculptor Fritz Koenig, currently displayed in Battery Park that once stood in the middle of Austin Tobin Plaza, the area between the World Trade Center towers in Manhattan.
Historical facts of Sphere Sculpture :
The piece was commissioned by the owner of the World Trade Center, the Port Authority of the New York and New Jersey, in 1966. The Authority original in choice had been Henry Moore, but Koenig was the chosen after an architect Minoru Yamasaki saw some of Koenig work at the Staempfli Gallery in to the Manhattan. Koenig started work in 1967 in his barn in to the Bavaria, while the WTC was in the planning stages, and finished it four years later in time for an opening of the towers. Officially titled was Grobe Kugelkaryatide Great Spherical Caryatid by the artist, New Yorkers soon as nicknamed it The Sphere. It was meant to symbolize world peace through world trade, and was placed at the center of a ring of fountains and other decorative touches designed by trade center architect Minosoru Yamasaki to mimic the Grand Mosque of Mecca, in which The Sphere stood at the place of the Kaaba. It was set to rotate once every 24 hours, and its base became a popular lunch spot for workers in the trade center on days with good weather.