Tear Drop “A Gift From the People of Russia to the USA”.
Why was about it not told us?
– Michael Aydinian
Russia Gave The US a 9/11 Memorial
Did you know, Russian President Vladimir Putin presented America with a beautiful sculpture to commemorate the fallen towers of New York City, on the 5th anniversary of 9/11? Debbie
07 Jun 2014
Did you know Russian President Vladimir Putin presented America with a beautiful sculpture to commemorate the fallen towers of New York City, on the 5th anniversary of 9/11?
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Tear Drop “A Gift From the People of Russia to the USA”
Editor’s Note: a leading Russian sculptor, Zurab Tsereteli,
Zurab Tsereteli, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zurab_Tsereteli a leading Russian sculptor, designed the Tear Drop Memorial, a 10 story sculpture the Russian government gave the United States as an official gift as a memorial to the victims of 9/11.
Private donations funded the work of art called “The Tear Drop Memorial”, consisting of a 100′ tall tower, with a huge open crack running down the center.
Hanging from the crack is a massive “teardrop” designed to drip water.
A marble wall with the names of the 3000 victims engraved in alphabetical order surrounds the base of the monument.
The Zionist-controlled US media give the beautiful memorial Putin dedicated a total silent treatment. The monument is barely known, even among local residents of Bayonne!
President Putin’s image on the banner wall has been inconspicuously absent in the controlled media coverage it has received…
Reaction to the monument has been mixed. Foreign Policy magazine listed it as 1 of the The World’s Ugliest Statues,
[8. Keating, Joshua (05 April 2010). “The World’s Ugliest Statues”
while The New Yorker said, from far away it look like “a giant tea biscuit”.
[6. Finnegan, William (25 June 2007). “On the Waterfront: Monument”
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/06/25/monument-3 The New Yorker]
However, reactions from the general public include “Pretty impressive”, said one, and another called it a “breathtakingly beautiful creation”.
[5. Morley, Mike. “White Elephants”,
Irish American News, October 2011]
Read more controversy: http://quilligrapher.hubpages.com/hub/TEAR-DROP
Learning of the monuments existence by chance, JOHN CRAVEN
describes his Teardrop quest during his visit to New York.
On the trail of New York’s lost Teardrop:
John Craven tracks down a forgotten monument to the 9/11 victims
Daily Mail, UK
….About 50 million people visit New York every year and more than 8 million live there, but no one seems to have heard of The Teardrop…odd, since it is a 100′ tall, 175-ton memorial to those dying on the city’s blackest day.
Learning of its existence by chance, I tried to discover more from locals at Ground Zero, where the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre stood until 11 September 2001, and was met with blank expressions.
The only knowing person was an official guide, but he said: ‘I bet 99% of New Yorkers haven’t a clue where it is.’
Our search began at the World Trade Centre station, where a train took us to Exchange Place in New Jersey. The instructions thence were vague – we had to catch a light-railway tram for 8 stops along the Jersey shoreline to 34th Street in Bayonne and ask around.
Eventually someone walked by and kindly offered to call a local taxi firm on his mobile. He’d never heard of The Tear-drop, but luckily, the taxi driver had. He drove us 2 miles across a former army base wasteland until we came to an isolated quay. And there, high on a mound, stood the monument – a massive bronze-clad block with a great gash down the middle, a 40′, 4-ton shiny nickel teardrop is suspended in.
In the far distance were the skyscrapers of Manhattan.
Around the base of The Teardrop were the names of all those dying on 9/11 – including 26 Russians.
Touching: John Craven poses next to The Teardrop (left) in New York.
Credit: Daily Mail, UK.
In fact the monument was a gift – an expression of grief – from the people of Russia to the US and officially named ‘To the struggle against world terrorism’.
Vladimir Putin was there when construction began, and Bill Clinton attended the dedication ceremony in 2006.
Since then, it has been forgotten.
‘Nobody ever comes here’, said the taxi driver. Indeed, we were the only visitors.
Surely it hadn’t been snubbed because it was from an old enemy?
I did some research and found its designer, Zurab Tsereteli – a leading Russian sculptor – went to Ground Zero after the attack. Boats and ferries shuttling survivors across to New Jersey, where many of the victims had lived, was told him.
Learning that, he wanted his statue to be on the remote waterfront there with Manhattan as the backdrop. So the explanation for the anonymity of this most touching tribute is probably no more sinister than: out of sight, out of mind – and that needs remedying.
Tribute: Zurab Tsereteli, a leading Russian sculptor, designed the monument.
Credit: Daily Mail, UK
My Teardrop quest happened during my first visit to the Big Apple since 9/11 and the city seemed a less aggressive place, though still full of new surprises. We walked through one, the High Line, meandering for a mile on the West side. Once an overhead freight line, now it’s full of flower beds and trees.
We stayed at the Soho Grand on West Broadway. It reflects the way the neighbourhood has been transformed from gritty industrial to tasteful, upmarket chic.
Our room had a splendid view across to the Empire State and my favourite skyscraper, the Chrysler Building. Until, that is, the last morning when an unexpected blizzard blanked it out.
That’s the thing about New York – it never lets you down with its surprises. The Teardrop was the major 1 this time.
…As I stood next to this enigmatic landmark, the thought struck me, when passengers sail into Manhattan, the first
monument they now pass is not the Statue of Liberty, but The Teardrop. And none of them will know what it is for.
“A Gift From the People of Russia to the USA”
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Debbie Menon is a freelance writer based in Dubai. Her articles have been featured in several print and online publications. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org