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XO World Project Unveils Public Artwork at World Trade Center in Honor of World Peace Day

September 21, 2021 GMT

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 21, 2021--

XO World Project today announced the unveiling of two monumental sculptures in New York City to celebrate World Peace Day. The sculptures – XO World and XO Play – were designed by artist Daniel Anderson to promote equality, unity, peace, and love. Both represent new public artworks located on the World Trade Center campus.

The XO World sculpture is 12 foot in height and 24 feet long. It is inspired by the game of jacks, which is played by many cultures worldwide and dates to approximately 2,000 years ago. The “X” is illustrated by the “Jack” with crossed arms attached to the spoke, representing LOVE in universal sign language. The “O” in the “XO” is represented by the globe. The XO World is located in front of One World Trade Center on the West Plaza at 285 Fulton Street.

The XO Play is a sculpture of multi-racial children engaged in the game of jacks. According to Anderson, the sculpture is reminiscent of childhood innocence and harmony. XO Play is installed in the Oculus at the World Trade Center.

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By choosing New York City for its debut, the XO World Project aims to propel a message of hope, resilience, and inclusion.

“I am excited to showcase these sculptures in New York City, the epicenter of the world, and encourage people of all ages to share the love,” added Anderson. “My inspiration for these sculptures came from children and their open acceptance of others. A child’s mind and heart are free of prejudice regardless of race, gender, or religion, which is how we should all strive to emulate.”

The combination of the outdoor XO World and indoor XO Play sculptures are intended to ignite a global “Share the Love” movement embracing equality, unity, peace, and love. Anderson’s goal is to bring people together for future generations.

XO World Project has partnered with charitable organization Operation International Kids whose mission is to make difference in medical care for those in need. Additional support for the New York City launch includes The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and The Durst Organization.

“We are pleased to partner with the XO World Project to bring the XO World and XO Play sculptures to the World Trade Center campus in honor of World Peace Day,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “At a time when the world seems increasingly fractured, these two new public art projects are intended to celebrate cultural diversity and encourage a focus on world peace.”

“We are proud to partner with XO World Project to bring public art back to the World Trade Center,” said Jonathan (Jody) Durst, President of The Durst Organization. “We hope Daniel Anderson’s message of unity and peace will inspire everyone who sees XO World.”

“Share the Love” Social Media Campaign

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XO World Project is encouraging visitors to take a selfie in front of the XO World sculpture at One World Trade Center, posing with arms crossed over their chest to replicate the ‘X-O’ sculpture and post on social media using the hashtag #SharetheLove.

Ribbon Cutting Event

The sculptures will be officially unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony today at 3:00 PM at One World Trade Center (XO World) and 4:00 PM inside the Oculus at the World Trade Center (XO Play).

Future Installations

XO World Project plans to install the XO World and XO Play sculptures in Paris in 2022, and in London, Hong Kong, Moscow, and Dubai thereafter.

ABOUT XO World Project

In 2017, artist Daniel Anderson created XO World Project to encourage people to “Share the Love” through sculptures representing the innocence of children and their open acceptance of others. The XO World Project aims to inspire people worldwide to actively seek peace, love, and inclusion by engaging with the play principles of youth when all races, ages, genders, religions, and nationalities are welcomed. To learn more about XO World Project, visit: www.XOWorldProject.com. To learn more about Daniel Anderson, visit: https://www.danielandersonart.com.

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