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Future unclear for WTC sphere that survived 9/11
Future unclear for sphere that survived WTC collapse on 9/11, became interim memorial
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' The future is uncertain for a 45,000-pound sphere sculpture that emerged largely intact from the rubble of the World Trade Center following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Officials are preparing to remove "The Sphere" by the end of the month from the Manhattan park where it's been on display for a decade. The move will make way for a renovation.

Some victims' family members have gathered thousands of signatures online to petition officials to incorporate the sculpture into the 9/11 memorial.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey owns the sculpture.

Port Authority spokesman Ron Marsico says Battery Park was never intended as the sculpture's permanent home. The work may be stowed away in an airport hangar until a permanent site is found.

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