Neglected 9/11 'junk' sculpture re-homed at Olympic Park
Outrage in UK after Twin Towers memorial found rusting on farm but New Yorkers describe it as 'ugly'
A 9/11 MEMORIAL left to rust on a farm will be given a permanent home at the Olympic Park in east London but several New Yorkers have said it is no wonder the "ugly piece of art" was abandoned.
The 28ft sculpture – a twisted girder from the World Trade Centre designed by artist Miya Ando – was sent by the US as a public reminder of the 2001 attack, in which 2,977 people were killed, including 67 Britons.
Almost twelve years after the attack, The Sun today revealed that it was swiftly taken down after being unveiled in Battersea Park two years ago, then left to rust in a Cambridgeshire farmyard.
It was supposed to be erected at Potters Fields Park next to the Mayor of London's headquarters but the management trust that leases the land blocked a permanent display. Attempts to place it in surrounding boroughs failed.
The sculpture was stored at a farm with only a blue tarpaulin to protect it and then quietly moved a few weeks ago to a storage depot in Ruislip, north west London.
Relatives of British victims said they were disappointed that the work had not been given a prominent position, while historian Simon Schama said it should be "proudly and unapologetically in the heart of London".
Peter Rosengard, who founded the 9/11 London Project which raised £250,000 to have it made and shipped over, said its neglect was "an insult to those who died".
London mayor Boris Johnson has subsequently stepped in to offer the sculpture a permanent home at the Olympic Park, according to the Evening Standard.
But on the New York Daily News website, several American readers appear to have sympathy for the councils that avoided installing the sculpture.
One reader said: "It looks like a giant piece of junk. No wonder the Brits left it where it was found." Another said: "It is an ugly piece of 'art' and I don't blame the English for not wanting it to spoil the look of any building or square. We could've made something both aesthetically pleasing and with a message at the same time."
A third reader said: "I don't find it particularly attractive or poignant and, other than being part of the destroyed buildings, it doesn't really pay tribute to the victims or represent them in a meaningful way." ·