In the days following the terror attacks of Sept. 11, the Peace Angel sculpture served as a symbol of hope while standing outside of Nino’s restaurant on Canal Street. Nino’s became a complimentary respite center and 24-hour food canteen for emergency responders at Ground Zero for months after 9/11.
Lin Evola, a San Francisco, Calif.-based artist, developed a series of figural metal sculptures created with a mixture of locally surrendered street weapons as well as decommissioned nuclear missile casings the artist secured from governments worldwide. The sculptures, including the Peace Angel, were created beginning in 1994.
Shortly after 9/11, the sculpture was brought across country to lower Manhattan. The piece’s cement base was soon covered with inscribed names, hometowns, agencies and comments of thanks from first responders, construction workers and volunteers.
“May this Peace Angel forever reminds us of the blessings that cooperation brings, and inspires us to be both diligent and courageous, as together we tip the balance towards peace in our world,” said Evola.
The sculpture has become a part of the 9/11 Memorial Museum collection.
By 9/11 Memorial Staff