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World Trade Center Cross


World Trade Center cross made of intersecting steel beams was found in the rubble of the office buildings destroyed on September 11, 2001. It is believed to be a piece of prefabricated elements from the North Tower. Discovered in the ruins the cross quickly became a symbol of compassion and suffering. In early October 2001, Ground Zero workers erected it on a specially prepared concrete pedestal. World Trade Center cross was blessed by the Franciscan priest and for several years of reconstruction stood at the Ground Zero. In 2006 cross was moved temporarily to the location near St. Peterís Church, one block from the WTC. Finally, in 2011 it was transferred to the museum. From May 2014 it is on display inside the 9/11 Museum.

The Cross at Ground Zero
Spring 2004

The 9/11 Cross at Temporary Location
Spring 2007
The Cross at St. Peter's Church
Spring 2007
World Trade Center Cross
September 2014

After the World Trade Center cross was moved to the museum, in its place at the St. PeterĎs Church, a modern work of art was installed. Reflecting, wavy-metal sculpture, a new cross was made by Jon Krawczyk, a sculptor from California. An important part of this work is a metal book with 35 pages filled with the names of September 11 victims.

The Replacement Cross
August 2011

The Metal Book
August 2011
Wavy-metal Sculpture
August 2011
Reflective Metal Cross
August 2011