Although it’s only 21 acres, Battery Park contains dozens of monuments and memorials, here are a few:
The Korean War Veterans Memorial designed by Mac Adams was installed in 1991. The piece also functions as a sundial, every July 27 at 10 a.m., the anniversary of the exact moment in New York when hostilities ceased in Korea, the sun shines through the soldier’s head and illuminates the commemorative plaque installed in the ground.
The Merchant Mariners’ Memorial by sculptor Marisol was also installed in 1991. The design is based on photographs of an actual historical event; during World War II a Nazi U-boat attacked a merchant marine vessel, while the mariners clung to their sinking ship the Germans photographed their victims. It includes one seamen in the water, submerged with each high tide.
Pier A was built in 1884, the clock tower was installed in 1919 is a memorial to US servicemen who died during WWI. The pier was originally built for the Dept. of Docks and Harbor Police and wasused for many years as the main station for the Fire Dept’s. Marine Division.
The Sphere, by sculptor Fritz Koenig, once stood in the plaza between the World Trade Center towers. Six months after the attacks it was relocated to Battery Park, without any repairs, and formally rededicated with an eternal flame as a memorial t the victims of 9/11.