9/11 Tear Drop Memorial from Russia

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Emailed pictures of the Teardrop Memorial designed by Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli
Netlore Archive: Circulating via email, photos of "Tear Drop Memorial" designed by Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli to commemorate the victims of 9/11.. Viral image, source unknown

Description: Viral images
Circulating since: March 2009
Status: Authentic

Example:
Email text contributed by Pat T., March 13, 2009:

Subject: Russian gift to the U.S.

I had never heard of this before receiving an e-mail. Wonder why the press hasn’t report it?

This is the "TEAR DROP" made and installed by the Russians to honor those who died in 9 11 and a statement against terrorism. It is very impressive. The tear drop is lined up with the Statue of Liberty.

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Image source: Unknown, circulating via email

Email text continues:

Gift from the people of Russia... "Monument to the struggle against world terrorism, artist Zurab Tesereteli"

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Email text continues:

....it is an impressive memorial and statement against terrorism.

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Email text continues:

The walkway is made of stones.

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Email text continues:

Names of the persons killed on 9 11 are inscribed on the base. The base like the Vietnam Memorial wall. It was a cold and windy day but well worth the drive to see. It is down in the shipping yards across from "The Lady".

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Analysis

True. The images are authentic. Variously known as "The Tear of Grief," "The Teardrop Memorial," and "The Memorial at Harbor View Park" — as well as by its official name, "To the Struggle Against World Terrorism" — this monument to the victims of 9/11 was built by Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli on the waterfront of Bayonne Harbor, New Jersey and publicly dedicated on September 11, 2006. It was, in the words of Vladimir Putin, "a gift from the Russian people."

The monument comprises a 100-foot-tall bronze tower with a jagged split down the middle and a 40-foot-long stainless steel teardrop suspended in the gap. It stands on an 11-sided slab of black marble carved with the names of every person who died in the September 11 attack, as well as the victims of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The brightly lit memorial is visible even at night from the Statue of Liberty, Battery Park, the Staten Island Ferry, and other locations around the Hudson River.

Though not well known in the United States, Zurab Tsereteli is renowned for his work in Russia, as well as public sculptures he has erected all around the world. He reportedly spent $12 million of his own money to complete the Bayonne Harbor monument.

Sources and further reading:

To the Struggle Against World Terrorism: A History
Official Tsereteli Monument website

The Memorial at Harbor View Park
Brochure from Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority

Famed Russian Sculptor Crafts Giant Teardrop in Memory of 9/11
ARTINFO.com, 31 July 2006

Last updated: 07/19/15