Twin Towers steel found at Ground Zero following 9/11 has been transformed into a striking sculpture unveiled at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The hefty 28ft-tall, four-tonne artwork was gifted to the UK by the Port Authority of New York on the condition it be housed at a prominent London location.
Educational charity Since 9/11 enlisted the help of New York artist Miya Ando as the creative force behind the design, which has been called a way to “honour the past and look to a better future”.
Founder and chairman of Since 9/11 Peter Rosengard said: “It has been a remarkable five-year journey to honour our promise to New York to permanently and prominently display their gift of WTC steel in London.
“Along the way we’ve created the acclaimed 9/11 education programme to teach students about the events, causes and consequences of 9/11 and to encourage toleration, respect and harmony between young people of all faiths, religions and races.”
Mayor of London Boris Johnson was a key supporter of the project and its desire to secure a permanent home in the capital.
Before unveiling the artwork in Stratford, he said: “This pertinent reminder of the 9/11 atrocities is a tremendous new addition to the park that encapsulated the spirit of hope, and tolerance during our Olympic Games.
“Nearly 14 years may have passed but this prodigious art work will generate continued interest, discussion and memories in the thousands of visitors to its landmark new home.”