The 9/11 Tear Drop Memorial from Russia

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Authentic or Urban Legend?

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

This urban legend about a viral image has been circulating since March 2009. The "Tear Drop Memorial" was never really widely reported by the press, but it is nonetheless authentic. This gift from Russia to the United States was created and installed to honor those who died on 9/11 and was intended as a statement against terrorism. It's very impressive, lined up with the Statue of Liberty. 

Here are some pictures to prove its existence and to share its profound impact. 

 

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Image #1

Image source: Unknown, circulating via email

This gift from the people of Russia is inscribed with the words "Monument to the struggle against world terrorism, artist Zurab Tesereteli." 

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Image #2

Image source: Unknown, circulating via email

Here's an image of the inscription that first began circulating via email back in 2009. 

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Image #3

Image source: Unknown, circulating via email

The words "struggle" and "world terrorism" are clearly visible, along with an image of President George W. Bush who was in office at the time of the 9/11 attacks.  

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Image #4

Image source: Unknown, circulating via email

The email that first began circulating about this memorial read in part, "...it is an impressive memorial and statement against terrorism." 

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Image #5

Image source: Unknown, circulating via email

The email text continued, "The walkway is made of stones." 

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Image #6

Image source: Unknown, circulating via email

Here's a head-on view of the tear drop.  

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Image #7

Image source: Unknown, circulating via email

The email text concludes, "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

The images are authentic. The tear drop has been 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 in New Jersey and it was publicly dedicated on September 11, 2006. In the words of Vladimir Putin, it was "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 attacks, 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.

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

Here's some additional information if you'd like to learn more:

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