Statue of Falling Woman Covered
Wed Sep 18,
5:16 PM ET
By KATHERINE ROTH, Associated Press Writer
A statue of a
falling woman - designed as a memorial to those
who jumped or fell to their death from the World
Trade Center - was abruptly draped in cloth and
curtained off Wednesday because of complaints that
it was too disturbing.
"We apologize if anyone was upset or offended
by the display of this sculpture. It was certainly
not our intent. The piece will be removed this
evening," said Suzanne Halpin, spokeswoman
for Rockefeller Center.
Eric Fischl's bronze, "Tumbling Woman,"
depicts a naked woman with arms and legs flailing.
It went on view about a week ago in the lower
concourse at Rockfeller Center and was supposed to
remain on display through Monday.
Numerous news photos captured images of desperate
people leaping to their deaths as the 110-story
Some passers-by in Rockefeller Center complained
that the sculpture was too graphic.
"I don't think it dignifies their
deaths," said Paul Labb. "It's not art.
It is very disrupting when you see it."
"The sculpture was not meant to hurt
anybody," Fischl said in a statement.
"It was a sincere expression of deepest
sympathy for the vulnerability of the human
condition. Both specifically towards the victims
of Sept. 11 and towards humanity in general."
Some onlookers said there is a need for art that
captures the horror of Sept. 11.
"I don't think that it's done in bad
taste," Christine Defonces said before the
statue was covered. "It's an artist's
reaction to what happened."
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