| Monday May 30th 2016

Tear of Grief: Who knew this existed?

Don’t be fooled by the nice photo in the Wikipedia entry; this sculpture is in a horrible location. It’s located at the end of the Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne and is SO out of the way, it probably gets no tourist traffic. Tear of GriefThe only reason I know about it is because a bus driver pointed it out while I was in Jersey, and even then I could only see it from its side.

That being said, there’s a lot of development going on in the area right now so maybe in a decade or so things will be vastly different for this memorial.

This map shows the general location, but I think the satellite snap of this particular section is very outdated because the area was actually developed when I was there.

From Wikipedia:

To the Struggle Against World Terrorism (also known as the Tear of Grief), is a 10-story-high sculpture by Zurab Tsereteli that was given to the United States as an official gift of the Russian government as a memorial to the victims of the September 11 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.Tear of Grief It stands on The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor in New Jersey and was dedicated on September 11, 2006 in a ceremony attended by former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

The sculpture is in the form of a 100-foot (30 m) tower made of steel and coated in bronze, split with a jagged opening through the middle. Inside the opening hangs a large stainless-steel teardrop, 40 feet (12 m) high, to represent the tears in Moscow shed for the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks.[citation needed] The eleven sides of the monument’s base bear granite name plates, on which are etched the names of those that died in the September 11 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Future of the Tear of GriefTsereteli has not disclosed the cost of the sculpture except to say that he was paying for labor and materials. A lawyer for the sculptor released the cost of the figure at about $12 million.

Jersey City officials approved the monument at first but the local Jersey City neighborhood association opposed the sculpture, citing it would block the view of the New York City skyline.

The thought was nice, but the thing is kinda hideous and in a terrible location.

It appears this guy’s art is not well liked by many others as well… plus it’s giving thousands of Russian kids nightmares.

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