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Kapoor to create 9/11 memorial
The sculpture is designed to reflect light
Sculptor Anish Kapoor is to create a memorial in New York to the British victims of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre.

The 19.5ft (6m) sculpture, Unity, will form the centrepiece of a memorial garden in Hanover Square, near the twin towers site.

Remembrance ceremonies will be held in the garden.

Sixty-seven Britons died in the attacks, the biggest loss of British life in a terrorist attack.

The sculpture will be crafted from a block of black granite into which a vertical chamber is carved of approximately 1m [3.3ft] by 2.5m [8.2ft] by 80cm [2.6ft].

"The inner chamber is polished to give a mirrored surface," said the Bombay-born artist.

"The chamber reflects light so as to form a column, which hovers, ghost-like, in the void of the stone.

"This very physically monolithic object then appears to create within itself an ephemeral reflection akin to an eternal flame."

Kapoor's success against 11 other artists who submitted designs, including Sir Anthony Caro, Julian Opie, Antony Gormley and Richard Deacon, was announced by the British Memorial Garden Trust in New York.

Prince Charles and the British Consulate in New York are patrons of the charity.

Kapoor, 50, moved to London in the 1970s to study art at Hornsey College and the Chelsea School of Art Design.

He won the Turner Prize in 1991, and was made a CBE last year.

Sculptor Anish Kapoor
"What I've tried to do is provide a moment of quiet, a moment of, I hope, contemplation"

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