Bent Propeller

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Bent Propeller (also known as World Trade Center Stabile) was a sculpture by Alexander Calder, commissioned by the Port of New York Authority in 1969 and installed in 1970 at the World Trade Center in New York.

The main elements of the sculpture were three sheets of curved metal, linked together to form a static work resting under its own weight (or stabile) reminiscent of a ship's propeller. Like many of Calder's public sculptures, it was painted red. The large work, 25 feet (7.6 m) high, was first installed near the entrance to WTC1 (the North Tower). It was moved in 1970 to a plaza in front of 7 World Trade Center, on the northeast corner of the World Trade Center Plaza by Vesey Street and Church Street.

The work was destroyed in 2001 in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, crushed under thousands of tons of rubble when 7 World Trade Center collapsed. About 40 per cent of the sculpture was recovered from the debris in the following months. With not enough of the original remaining for a restoration, the recovered elements are stored by the Calder Foundation.

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