Skip to comments.A tear for WTC victims falls from distant Russia
Posted on 08/23/2005 9:24:44 AM PDT by lizol
A tear for WTC victims falls from distant Russia Memorial lands, in sections, at new Bayonne Harbor home Tuesday, August 23, 2005
BY RONALD LEIR JERSEY JOURNAL
Loaded on five flatbed trailers and led by a police escort, giant sections of the Teardrop memorial to those killed in the World Trade Center attacks in 1993 and 2001 were transported yesterday to the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor.
There, the 100-foot-high, 170-ton monument will be assembled for a dedication planned for September 2006.
Next month, Bayonne will hold a ceremony, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 16, to unveil a commemorative stone engraving near where the monument will rise, declaring that the memorial is a gift from Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian people.
The bronze sections of the monument -- which its designer, Zurab Tsereteli, has called "To the Struggle Against World Terrorism" -- reached the Global Terminal pier on the Jersey City-Bayonne border Saturday after a three-week voyage from St. Petersburg, Russia.
Fred Worstell, president of Dresdner Robin, the Jersey City engineering firm hired to assemble the monument, said a special crane had to be brought to the Global pier to offload the several sections, which weighed from 28 to 63 tons each.
Before the pieces could be released from the pier, they had to be checked for any traces of radiation. Once cleared, the sections were lifted onto truck trailers for the final leg of the journey to the Peninsula.
Still to be done is the engraving of the names of more than 3,000 people killed in the two attacks around the granite base of the monument, Tsereteli said.
The monument will stand as the centerpiece of a waterfront vista park planned for a corner of the Peninsula.
There's some irony in the fact that our formerly longtime enemy knows more about constructing a memorial than our own leftist citizens, who were fellow travellers with that enemy.
Thanks for the article, but considering the designer, I'm a bit afraid to see what this will look like. This guy's "style" is usually scary (though his statue of Marshal Zukov is impressive).
I still can't believe that this many years after 911 there is still NOTHING there to commemorate the fallen. That is a national shame.
I think Afghanistan commemorates them.
I must admit I have no idea who the guy is.
That was a nice gesture by the Russian people, and I'm grateful to them for it. At first I thought it was going to be erected in Russia, but I guess it's going to be in New Jersey?
Why are they putting this thing in Bayonne, New Jersey, anyone know? Seems a bit like shunting it off to a distant location. Considering the fact that we haven't gotten our act together on a memorial yet, one would hope this gift could be given more prominence.
And here's what looks like an artist's conception:
I see now - Bayonne give one a straight shot view of the setting. Sorry, I'm not a New Yorker, as you may well understand.
It looks like a piece of damn crap.
Welp I'm definitly not disappointed in my fear of what this guy's monument will look like. Scary. I wonder how much drugs he took in his youth?
You should see some of the "art" that Raleigh put up on Capital Blvd, at tax payer's expense of course, or the sorry excuse for "art" at the NC Art Museum.
I like modern art.
I think it's powerful and evocative. A beautiful tribute.
Spasibo to the Russians.
He made the Stalin (at Yalta) monument that no one wants. He made the 3 story Peter the Great cement monument in Moscow (on the river) which was originally meant to be Columbus for Columbus, Ga, USA. They looked at it said hell no, so he chopped off the head and replaced it with Peter's and sold it to Luzkov (what the hell was Luzkov on when he bought that?). He's building a giant stone henge in Georgia, north of Tbilisi, equally scary.
Very true. Until Tom Hanks did Saving Private Ryon, the monument was a none-starter.
You're kidding about the Peter's the Great memorial story, right? :-)))
I like it.
Thank you, Russia.
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