Sculpture Fragment, Recovered
Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2011.179.49
Dimensions: 132 in X 100 in X 30 in
Dimensions (Metric): 335.28 cm X 254 cm X 76.2 cm
Credit Line: © 2017 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Recovered from the World Trade Center site after September 11, 2001 Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum, Courtesy of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Recovered sculpture fragment from Alexander Calder’s The World Trade Center Stabile (1971), also known as Bent Propeller. The fragment is partially crushed and heavily rusted.
In 1970, the Port Authority commissioned artist Alexander Calder (American, 1898–1976) to create a sculpture for the new World Trade Center Plaza. Bent Propeller was originally installed on the west side of the complex, facing West Street. It was later placed near the intersection of Church and Vesey Streets and then in front of 7 World Trade Center, where it stood on 9/11. Only fragments were recovered.