Broken Chair is a monumental sculpture in wood by the Swiss artist Daniel Berset, constructed by the carpenter Louis Genève.
Broken Chair is constructed of 5.5 tons of wood and is 12 metres (39 feet) high.
It represents a giant chair with a broken leg and stands on the Place des Nations, in Geneva. It symbolises opposition to land mines and cluster bombs, and acts as a reminder to politicians visiting Geneva.
Broken Chair is a project of Paul Vermeulen, co-founder and director of Handicap International Suisse. The sculpture was erected by Handicap International in front of the main entrance to the Palais des Nations in Geneva in August 1997, where it was intended to remain for three months, until the signature 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 1st march 1999.
The failure of significant countries to sign the Treaty and the strong public support for the sculpture caused it to left in place until 2005, when it was removed to allow extensive remodelling of the Place des Nations. After completion of the work, it was reinstalled in the same place in front of the United Nations Office at Geneva on 26 February 2007.
The reinstallation of Broken Chair in February 2007 was officially dedicated by Handicap International to support the signature of an international treaty on a ban on Cluster Bombs (Convention on Cluster Munitions), which is due to be be signed in Oslo in December 2008.
The work was the property of the sculptor until 2004, when he transferred ownership to Handicap International.
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JanD (0) 2008-11-02 1:23
Amazing chair. Wonderful colors. Good saturation. Very interesting perspective and very original composition. Fantastic effect.
quillo (11856) 2008-11-02 14:20
Interesting image of the sculpture of " Broken chair " in a good work of framing with a nice blue sky and the branches of the trees that give a touch of natural color to the composition. I like the result; congratulations.
A greeting friend and thank you.
jonathan_hart (21276) 2008-11-03 11:30
quel meuble imposant, même cassé, il ne savent pas comment s'en débarrasser ! ^^ blague à part, ces cluster bombs sont un scandaleux fléau, comme beaucoup d'autres inventions de guerre, polluantes (uranium appauvri et compagnie), dangereuses à long terme (genre mines) et dont le but même est de seulement mutiler... et cette chaise cassée est illustre plutôt bien cette dernière catégorie
intéressante œuvre, l'angle de tir de la prise est bien trouvé
- Copyright: Pascal Rouget (pascalrouget) (393)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-09-06
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Olympus C-350 Zoom, SanDisk SD 2GB
- Exposure: f/3.1, 1/400 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-11-02 0:42