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Too Tall To Overlook - Sculptures exhibition
Date: 26 February -
9 March 2018
Organization: UNOG
Location: Salle des pas perdus
Category: Exhibition
patron: Permanent Mission of Austria

This event takes place at the Palais des Nations, Salle des pas perdus; Entry: Pregny Gate; Access: Door 14

All attendees who do not hold a UN ground badge are kindly requested to register here.

About the event:

The Permanent Mission of Austria presents the Sculpture exhibition “Giant Children”, in collaboration with Caritas Vorarlberg.

The exhibition consists by 10 figures produced by 15 Austrian boys and girls, aims to highlight children’s rights. Since children are rather small and unfortunately overseen many times, just as their rights, those figures cannot be overseen, just as children’s rights should not be overseen. The exhibition has already been shown at the UN Office Vienna in February 2017 and the Austrian parliament in March 2017.

The exhibition will be in place from 26 February to 9 March. It will be inaugurated by the President of the Republic of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen, on the first day of the high level segment of the Human Rights Council (26 February). The children who have made the figures will also be present and have prepared texts and explanations in English, to be told to every single person who is interested in the meaning behind each figure. Furthermore, for the rest of the exhibition, texts and pictures, describing the figures, will be provided, so that the visitor, once he or she gets attracted by the figures, will be remembered that children’s rights should not be overseen, just as the figures cannot be overseen.

About the idea:

The Youth Ambassadors - 15 children from Vorarlberg aged 13 to 19 years - presented their work to raise awareness for children's rights, each figure representing one of the ten fundamental rights of the Convention. It is an impressive way to draw attention to the young people's concerns.

Youth Ambassadors is a project of Caritas Vorarlberg, committed to give young people a voice and to raise awareness of children's rights. "Nobody else, but the children and young people themselves, should be empowered to demand and support their rights with their own initiative and personal motivation," writes Nicole Kantner, Project Manager for the Caritas Youth Ambassadors. Under the motto 'Roll up your sleeves and lend a hand' the youngsters undertake various activities from organizing campaigns and performing musicals to holding workshops in schools. It took three years from having the idea to having the finished sculptures.

"By their huge size, the giant children cannot be overlooked and are moreover amazing art objects," said one of the young ambassadors. Exhibiting the 2.70 m tall statues at the UN itself was a brilliant opportunity to highlight the non-compliance of many children's rights around the world.

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