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The 10-story high sculpture given to the US by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the people of Russia and the artist, Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, to the people of the United States.
Located on the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor as a memorial to those that died in the 9/11 terrorist attack and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The large polished titanium teardrop represents the tears in Moscow shed for the 9/11 victims. A constant flowing of water causes the sculpture to appear to weep. Names of the all the people killed are inscribed on the base.
The artist, Zurab Tsereteli, was in his home in Moscow on the morning of September 11th. The television was on as he was getting ready for work and Zurab, like the rest of the world, was glued to coverage of the attacks on the Twin Towers. He watched the towers collapse and was moved to tears.
That day, he went to work at the Academy of Art driving on a route that takes him past the American Embassy. People were gathered outside the embassy gates to pay sympathies, to be together, and to mourn. He saw a mass of crying people and decided to use the image of a tear in a memorial.
Zurab traveled to NY shortly after September 11th and went to ground zero. The ruins were still steaming. He decided that he wanted to create a memorial to the victims; but not on top of the bones of the dead on the ground zero site. He began to look for an appropriate and fitting site on which to erect the memorial.
Zurab decided on a perfect site on the New Jersey waterfront at Bayonne. Here, the World Trade Center was the backdrop to the chosen area. The site had been a military instillation, and the town had decided to convert the land into public park-space.
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