Adlon recounts the making of the sculpture, "Kugelkaryatide" the sphere that stood in the center of Tobin Plaza between the two towers of the World Trade Center. The film follows the ... See full summary »
Adlon recounts the making of the sculpture, "Kugelkaryatide" the sphere that stood in the center of Tobin Plaza between the two towers of the World Trade Center. The film follows the sculpture from its creation as the largest bronze sculpture of recent times to the aftermath, where it now stands, heavily scarred, in Battery Park. Written by
In this documentary the makers acknowledge that the damaging of the bronze fountain structure by Bavarian sculptor Fritz Koenig, that stood in the Plaza of the World Trade Center, on 9/11 is less important than the people that died that day.
However criticism is still levelled at the Ground Zero workers who nearly destroyed the sculpture by dismantling it and moving it to the JFK airport salvage yard, where the WTC debris was also kept. Koenig waited in vain in New York for the damaged pieces, and had to come back 5 months later when it was decided to reinstall it in Battery Park. Even then, it was not done to his satisfaction.
Whilst director Percy Adlon is empathetic to Koenig's frustration, the most powerful part of the documentary is the footage of Ground Zero filmed in October, the site secured by police and FBI, where the horror of the fallen towers dwarf Koenig and the workers. In the salvage yard we see how debris of the tragedy infest the sphere, something which is not accounted for later.
Aldon also uses slides and photographs to show the creation of the sculpture, shows example of Koenig's earlier work which prefigures the Ground Zero rubble, and we see Hilary Clinton at the opening of the final memorial.
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