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Effort Underway To Return Iconic Sphere Sculpture To World Trade Center

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The sphere sculpture from the original World Trade Center is seen in Battery Park - New York, NY - Jun 14, 2011 (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

The sphere sculpture from the original World Trade Center is seen in Battery Park – New York, NY – Jun 14, 2011 (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - Right now, the iconic sphere sculpture that once stood in the plaza at the World Trade Center can be found in Battery Park.

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It is punctured and dented, but still recognizable.

Michael Burke is among those who want the damaged sculpture returned to the World Trade Center site.

“The fact is it was in the center of the plaza. That was the miracle of the survival, that it was between the two towers,” says Burke.

Burke’s brother William was a fire captain killed on 9/11.

He has started an online petition, which over 3,600 people have already signed.

“The most common sentiments expressed on the petition are ‘Do the right thing.’ and ‘It’s a no-brainer,'” he says.

Burke says visitors to the memorial should see the symbol of resilience.

“They will see nothing to remind them of what happened there,” says Burke.

The designer of the 9/11 memorial has said the sphere doesn’t fit his vision.

The current plan of the petition calls for the sphere to be located just south of the World Trade Center.

You can sign the petition to return the sculpture by clicking HERE.

Should the sphere be returned or not? Sound off in our comments section below.

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