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9/11 landmark gets capital go-ahead

A towering sculpture made from steel salvaged from the World Trade Centre will be erected in a London park next year after planning permission was granted for the artwork.

Southwark Council has been given approval for the sculpture, which will stand more than 8m talls in Potters Fields Park on the south bank of the Thames.

The sculpture will mark the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks and has been designed by Miya Ando on behalf of the 9/11 London Project Foundation.

Southwark Council planning committee chair Althea Smith said: ‘The sculpture will provide a fitting landmark to a tragic event which has global significance.

‘London, and Southwark itself, stand for international unity and this piece of art will become a restful place for visitors to and residents of London to reflect on that.’

The project was given the go-ahead despite objections from the Potters Fields Park Management Trust, which owns the lease on the land. It had voiced concerns regarding the size of the sculpture.

The trust’s chief executive Stephen Cornford said: ‘Our board voted not to accept the proposals and notified the 9/11 London Project Foundation and the council.

‘The foundation decided not to withdraw its planning application, and it is my understanding that the port authority will not allow any redesign. I can’t see our board changing its view.’

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