Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Yesterday I had an opportunity to visit United Nations Headquarters in Geneva.



Did you know that not a single country can be excluded from the UN for a lack of financial means?



39 feet high and weighing in at 5 1/2 tons, Broken Chair by Swiss artist Daniel Berset is a reminder of the pursuit of global peace. The memorial decries landmines that have taken and broken the lives and bodies of innocent people worldwide.

12 comments:

Ola said...

I love the monument! Somebody was creative:)
Btw. this week I am going out from work so let that I didn't have a chance to go shopping. Hopefully I will find what I am looking for you on weekend:)

Nancy said...

I agree with Ola. This is a very thought-provoking piece of art. I'm so glad you shared it with us, Allison.

This is one of the many reasons I love blogging. I get to see things I never normally would otherwise. Hugs. :)

Michael Rowland said...

Interesting sculpture, sad story about landmines, thanks for showing us Geneva,,,M

Judy said...

Very interesting sculpture...I'm with Nancy, I love blogging because of posts like this. I get to read and see things from the comforts of my home.

Pam said...

I tried in vain to sit down, but alas I was to short. I am only 5'2" that's the short story of my life.
I am aware about the UN.. the USA picks-up a big tab.

be well, be happy'
Pam

texwisgirl said...

Neat sculpture indeed, and definitely makes a point. UN headquarters - see, I told you you reminded me of Nicole Kidman in "The Interpreter". :)

Oooh oooh oooh. Love that new header photo!

Out on the prairie said...

Cool place to go an see. My 1st time in NY I was amused at all the cultures coming to one point.Hope you had time to play around town a bit.

Meg said...

Hmm, I like that fact about the UN having to let everyone be a part. Were you there for translations?

Eyeliquor said...

An IMPORTANT post Allison!!
I hope i can find the time this year, to visit Geneva.
So i can look for those treasures you mentioned :))
Have a lovely evening!

Roundabout said...

What a very cool piece with such a powerful message.

Southern Lady said...

Cool place to visit! Carla

Randy said...

I love that memorial. What a wonderful post. I have always wondered what the UN building looked like there. Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week.