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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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  • Great photo opportunity in femur of UN building so somewhere you want to go to anyway. Description of significance on the ground under sculpture 
    Great photo opportunity in femur of UN building so somewhere you want to go to anyway. Description of significance on the ground under sculpture  more »
  • It is a nice symbolic place that is easy to visit. just a brief stop there and you will get a good photo with the UN as the background 
    It is a nice symbolic place that is easy to visit. just a brief stop there and you will get a good photo with the UN as the background  more »
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  • A great monument and a symbol of modern times to remind us about the aftermath and the collateral damage of any war. There is something going on around the place almost every day. People come here to protest in peace and raise their voice about different issues in front of the UN headquarters. Apart from that, its a great place to take some creative photos. A nice place to visit in Geneva.
  • A nice wide plaza where people gather peacefully to express their opinion about current political or military conflicts everywhere in the world. Responsibility lies in the buildings in front, the United Nations Offices.

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