“Rebirth” by Michelangelo Pistoletto was donated to UNOG by Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto through the Republic of Italy on 24 October 2015, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the UN celebrated during the Open Day organized by UNOG at the Palais des Nations.
The sculpture is made of 193 different stones. It is 42 meters long and 20 meters wide. Each stone bears the name of a UN Member State engraved in it. It weighs approximately 350 kg, measures about 45 cm by 45 cm and has an irregular shape. The symbol, developed by Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, comes from a reconfiguration of the mathematical infinity sign and represents the 'rebirth' of society - a new world, where the 'human community' is united, dialogue between opposites is fostered, and balance and harmony is achieved.
The "Rebirth” symbol embodies the purpose and mission of the UN: finding balance between diverging ideas, creating harmony through dialogue, respecting and leveraging diversity, providing inspiration, and promoting inclusive and sustainable development. The symbol is made of three circles: the two opposite circles represent the world of nature and the world of technology; the middle circle is the conjunction of the two and represents the “generative womb of a new world”, the 'third paradise', or the 'rebirth'. In this new world technology and nature meet in harmony and humans work together to bridge differences, find sustainable development, create dialogue and promote peace.
See more details on the plans for the sculpture here
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