Arch of Palmyra
- The replica of the arch of Palmyra is made of seven pieces of Egyptian marble. The arch was assembled in City Hall Park on September 18th, the day before the unveiling.
- Two robots from the Italian company Torart in Carrara, Italy, carved the stone using 3D models of the original triumphal arch.
- The replica weighs nearly 30,000 pounds.
- The Egyptian marble was chosen because it resembles the stone of the original Syrian arch.
- The arch's leg is lowered into its base.
- The replica can be assembled like an Ikea furniture, says Giacomo Massari, who works at Torart, the Italian company that made the arch in Carrara, Italy.
- The replica will stay in City Hall Park, downtown Manhattan, for a week.
- The arch was displayed in Trafalgar Square in London in April before making its trip by boat to the US.
- The location of the replica creates a relationship between the architecture of Palmyra and the architecture of New York, said Roger Michel, the director of the Institute for Digital Archaeology, at the unveiling ceremony.
- Assembling one of the last pieces of the arch on Sunday.
- The replica is a two-thirds scale of the original.
- The replica is 25 feet tall.
- Assembling the entire arch took about five hours.
- The arch is an "act of solidarity" with the people of Syria, said Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, and also an "act of defiance" against terrorism.