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To The Struggle Against World Terrorism

By TyChee    
To The Struggle Against World Terrorism. – In the shadow of the resent events in Boston… I thought I would introduce this little known memorial to you. The title of this photo is its official name, but it is also know as the "Tear Of Greif" or the "Tear Drop Memorial". Now I pride myself in knowing my local architecture, but this one got by me and had been standing for 5 years before a friend took me for a ride and told me there was something I had to see. This 100ft tall monument was erected in one of the most out of the way locations one could find in New Jersey. Located in Bayonne at the end of a peninsula of what was once a military ocean terminal. It was if it was constructed in a place as it should never be seen. Finding it takes some effort and your GPS will probably not be much help. The location it stands in is rather cramped for its size. It is nestled between the water on one side and a large warehouse structure on the other. Standing in its shadow gives the viewer a feeling of awe and great emotion. If any of my EPZ friends finds themselves in the NY area an wants to pay a visit, I would be happy to give you a tour.

Here are a few facts:
- The artist is Russia born Zurab Tsereteli.
- At at cost of about $12 million, it was a gift from the people of Russia to the United States as a memorial to the September 11 attacks.
- It was originally offered to the township of Jersey City, NJ but they turned it down.
- It has been called one of the “Worlds Ugliest Statues” by Foreign Police Magazine while the New Yorker said from afar it looks like “a giant tea biscuit”. One the other hand some locals have called it “Pretty Impressive and a “breathtakingly Beautiful Creation”
- Recent local buzz has said it might be relocated to another location to make way for a shipping container storage yard.

Thanks for looking.

Tags: Architecture New jersey Bayonne 911 memorial To the Struggle Against World Terrorism The Tear of Grief The Tear Drop Memorial

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Alda 8 70 30 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2013 12:50AM
I don't think it's ugly at all, I quite like it GrinGrin
Jocelia 10 2 1 Australia
18 Apr 2013 1:54AM
How interesting Ty and great general knowledge.
I like it and all your variations especially your morrored shots.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. V1 and V4 for me….Wink
Hermanus 9 4 South Africa
18 Apr 2013 4:13AM
I do not think it is ugly at all !! Great symbolism in this memorial !! Great photos and background info on it Smile
18 Apr 2013 5:26AM
Ty, this is amazing. I grew up in North Jersey (Bergen County), and live in Philadelphia. My sister is in Glen Ridge and my Mom in Hackensack, and I have never known of the existence of this sculpture. It is breathtaking, and full of meaning. I truly get it. Thank you for sharing this.......and I would love to have you take me to see it on a future trip up. I come up frequently to visit my 90 year old mother.

And, a great think to look at in light of recent events. And, to think that the same day that the bombs went off in Boston, a bombing in Iraq killed 55 people. Sisters, brothers, parents, children..........perspective. What people do to each other.....for whatever cause, can be awful.

HarrietH Plus
11 303 Portugal
18 Apr 2013 7:17AM
I like it - a lot. Very moving. I like the reflection in V3. Thanks for showing us.

bluesandtwos 11 522 1 England
18 Apr 2013 8:00AM
I think it's a very beautiful and meaningful monument, thank you for sharing this. To me it symbolises the tears of individual people, in a collectively broken world.

NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2013 8:41AM
I am still speechless and rather numb...

Nathan GrinGrinGrin
18 Apr 2013 9:09AM
An amazing image of this wonderful memorial, Ty!
Thanks for sharing your pictures with us.

rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
18 Apr 2013 10:27AM
In memory of.......Ty
18 Apr 2013 12:53PM
Hi Ty, This is awesome for me in different ways. As a composition it is strong, balance between memorial/flag pole, flage shape mimics aperture as does ball on top of pole/tear, figures give scale, soft clouds make M really stand out. The commentry is so interesting. Very touching that it came frome the people of Russia, this speaks volumes about the difference between people & politicians. Thank you so much for sharing this. Best regards, Si
Joline Plus
15 35 59 United States
18 Apr 2013 1:04PM
Thank you for sharing this....far from being ugly, it is a very moving. I would be more than proud to have this in my neighborhood....if it is moved it should be moved to a place of prominence where it can be truly appreciated.

Have you put this on Facebook....I hope so, it should be shown to the world.
18 Apr 2013 1:44PM
The tear is a powerful symbol for all the grief caused by terrorism.
V4 is the strongest of all 5 images.
Balwant 10 1 4 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2013 2:13PM
Interesting structure presented well against beautiful sky. Well done
18 Apr 2013 3:40PM
Great capture, full of meanings, especially these days..
canonfan 11 7 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2013 3:45PM
Superb set of images
Richsr 14 91 223 England
18 Apr 2013 4:06PM
Never seen or heard of this until now Ty, thanks for showing it and giving the facts too.
Some fine images of this too
Regards Richard
debu 11 India
18 Apr 2013 4:10PM
Lovely set of images.
xwang 12 56 8
18 Apr 2013 4:16PM
A tear drop running through the broken heart.. it's not's just very sad...
Beautiful set, tells all the stories...
18 Apr 2013 5:15PM
A great set of images like v4 best it is a beautiful piece of sculpture and a wonderful memorial memorial Smile
18 Apr 2013 7:59PM
The sculpture is far from being is impressive!! a beautiful sculpture well done, I love the 3 and 4 that was indeed a beautiful gesture of the Russian people and I do wonder why NJ turned it down. Thanks for sharing and the info. A great sert of images again well captured and presented. This sculpture symbolizes the tears of every human being especially those who lost their love ones couse by violence and terrorism!!
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
18 Apr 2013 10:54PM
A fine set of images of this unusual looking sculpture. It is far from ugly when compared with some of the monstosities over here, like the Angel of the North for example!
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
20 Apr 2013 2:46PM
Excellent series Ty; I particularly like V4. Interesting info too.
21 Jul 2013 5:03PM
An amazing image and info

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