Broken Chair Sculpture, Geneva

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Broken Chair is a monumental sculpture in wood by the Swiss artist Daniel Berset, constructed by the carpenter Louis Genève. It is constructed of 5.5 tons of wood and is 12 metres (39 feet) high.It depicts a giant chair with a broken leg and stands across the street from the Palace of Nations, in Geneva. It symbolises opposition to land mines and cluster bombs, and acts as a reminder to politicians and others visiting Geneva.HistoryBroken Chair is an original project of Paul Vermeulen, co-founder and director of Handicap International Suisse. In October 1996 he commissionned to the artist a monumental chair of over 10 meters high, with a torn leg, to be installed on the place des Nations. The objective was to get the largest possible number of States to sign the Ottawa Treaty on landmines in December 1997. The sculpture was erected by Handicap International in front of the main entrance to the Palais des Nations in Geneva on the 18th of August 1997, where it was intended to remain for three months, until the signing of the Ottawa Treaty in December 1997 in Ottawa. Following ratification by 40 countries, the Treaty became effective as an instrument of international law on 1 March 1999.
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  • It is located just in front of the United Nations and serves as a symbol against landmines. It is good to take a picture there and then make a tour in the United Nations when they are open.  more »
  • I love art installations so deliberately went to see the Broken Chair. The broken chair is designed by Swiss artist Daniel Berset. The chair is made of 5.5 tonnes of wood and 12 metres...  more »
  • Pretty cool monument, not a lot else around so don't prepare to spend alot of time here. Great for artistic angles for photography!
  • The idea and the ю of ​​creation - resonates with my feelings. Great to have this installed in front of the UN building, it allows you to see and learn more about this issue. After all, the number of civilians who have blown up in such mines is just too large! ..

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