Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

New home for memorial sculpture

London mayor Boris Johnson has ordered Miya Ando's 9/11 memorial sculpture to be exhibited at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

A rusting memorial to the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be given a new home at the Olympic Park - after being shunned by council bosses who refused to host it.

The sculpture, salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Centre in New York, was a gift to the UK to honour the nearly 3,000 people - including the 67 Britons - who died in the attack 12 years ago.

London Mayor Boris Johnson unveiled the sculpture, entitled After 9/11, in Battersea Park in south London two years ago.

But it was removed a short time later and was recently spotted in a yard.

Mr Johnson today pledged to find a permanent, public home for the artwork.

He said: "We backed the 9/11 project when the sculpture first came to Battersea but finding a permanent home for it has proved incredibly difficult, whether it be opposition from boroughs or bureaucrats.

"Clearly this can't continue. As a result I've asked my team to find a permanent home for the sculpture on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

"The park was home to a games based on tolerance, harmony and respect, and will soon be home to a massive multi-dimensional and vibrant community - the perfect riposte to those who sought to divide the world on 9/11."

The work, made by New York artist Miya Ando from steel recovered from the World Trade Centre, was commissioned by the 9/11 London Project to mark the launch of its new programme to educate schoolchildren about the attacks.

A total of 2,977 people were killed when passenger jets hijacked by al Qaida terrorists struck the twin towers of the World Trade Centre, the Pentagon in Washington DC and a field in Pennsylvania.

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