Nosy Neighbor: Why Is This Statue Behind a Fence?

Why is the statue of a soldier on a horse at Vesey and Greenwich behind a fence? I’ve noticed it now for a month or so. Will it stay there? I thought that space was for the proposed performing arts center. —A.

The statue, which is called America’s Response Monument: De Oppresso Liber, has actually been outside the World Trade Center PATH station since October of 2012. From Wikipedia, which has a long page about it: “Unofficially known as the Horse Soldier Statue, it is the first public monument dedicated to the United States Special Forces. The statue was conceived by sculptor Douwe Blumberg and commissioned by an anonymous group of Wall Street bankers who lost friends in the 9/11 attacks.” It’s behind the fence because the location was temporary, and at the time, there was nowhere else for it to go. Back then, the Port Authority would only say that it would end up on World Trade Center grounds, but now a rep has confirmed that it will be moved to Liberty Park in time for the park’s opening, which is currently estimated for mid-to-late spring. (They’re still working on some access issues.) Once at the park, the statue will be out in the open, not behind a fence.

If anyone out there has a current aerial photo of Liberty Park (or could take one), I’d love to add it here.

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  1. Why is the Sphere that survived the 9/11 attacks not part of the memorial?

    • The Sphere is not part of the Memorial as it is property of the Port Authority not the Memorial . The Memorial is for the victims, not artifacts from the site. In addition, it was determined that it was too heavy to even be placed on the Memorial. It in a lovely spot in Battery Park In my opinion, it doesn’t belong on the Memorial. Families carry enough grief without seeing a reminder of the carnage