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Cristóbal Gabarrón - "Enlightened Universe"

Enlightened Universe

On display at la Rotonde du Mont-Blanc, Geneva, until 15 December 2016

To commemorate United Nations Day this year, a monumental art installation by Spanish artist Cristóbal Gabarrón (b. 1945) was unveiled on 24 October at the Rotonde du Mont-Blanc in Geneva. The public was invited to attend the inauguration, which took place in the presence of UNOG Director-General Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, Ana María Menéndez Pérez, Spain’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, representatives of the City of Geneva, and the artist Cristóbal Gabarrón.

The installation, titled Enlightened Universe, is an interactive sculpture depicting 70 life-size figures joined in hand around a central globe, creating a human chain of global citizenship, solidarity, tolerance, respect for nature, and shared responsibility. It was originally created for the 70th anniversary of the United Nations last year. Geneva is the installation’s first stop in Europe after its inaugural exhibition last year in New York’s Central Park. For a taste of what’s to come in Geneva, take a look at a photo and video account of the installation’s arrival and stay in New York.

The sphere and spiral that compose Enlightened Universe are made from stainless steel and weigh 24 tons. The sphere measures 6,371 millimetres in diameter, in reference to the earth’s radius of 6,371 kilometres. Learn more about the installation and the artist, here.

After departing Geneva in mid-December, Enlightened Universe will travel to other European cities in 2017 and 2018.

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