Fritz Koenig (1924-2017) was a German artist. This coloring page is based upon Koenig’s sculpture The Sphere, located at the site of the World Trade Center in New York City and damaged in the September 11 terrorist attacks. (Koenig at first called his sculpture Große Kugelkaryatide.) The bronze sculpture was originally 27 feet tall; it was cast in 52 segments and was constructed in Bremen, Germany, from 1967 to 1970.
At the base of the sculpture is a plaque with the following inscription, placed after 9/11:
For three decades, this sculpture stood in the plaza of the World Trade Center. Entitled “The Sphere,” it was conceived by artist Fritz Koenig as a symbol of world peace. It was damaged during the tragic events of September 11, 2001, but endures as an icon of hope and the indestructible spirit of this country. The Sphere was placed here on March 11, 2002 as a temporary memorial to all who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center.
This eternal flame was ignited on September 11, 2002 in honor of all those who were lost. Their spirit and sacrifice will never be forgotten.