The Sphere was created by German sculptor Fritz Koenig and one time stood in the middle of Austin J. Tobin Plaza, between the World Trade Center towers in Manhattan. It was retrieved from the rubble of the Twin Towers after the September 11, 2001 attacks. With its future unsure The Globe was dismantled into its components. Although it was still functionally intact, it had been dented and punctured by the debris from the falling towers.
Six months after wards, following a documentary movie about the sculpture, the sculpture was moved to Battery Park, unrepaired, and on a temporary basis. An eternal flame was place next to it with this rededication as a memorial to the victims of 9/11. Banged up but still standing, a tangible witness to the 9/11 attack, The Globe became a popular tourist attraction of New York City.