Broken Chair

Genève

Tunnel 3

Tunnel 3

Pont de la Machine

Pont de la Machine

Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva, Switzerland

Route des Jeunes, Les Acacias, en direction de Carouge

Route des Jeunes, Les Acacias, en direction de Carouge

A1 - Vengeron - dir. Lausanne

A1 - Vengeron - dir. Lausanne

Route de Meyrin

Route de Meyrin

A1 - La Praille dir Acacias

A1 - La Praille dir Acacias

This monumental sculpture (12 metres high) was installed in the Place des Nations in August 1997, and is an appeal from the humanitarian organisation Handicap International, urging all nations to sign the Ottowa treaty (for the banning of landmines) immediately.

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The Broken Chair was constructed by renowned sculptor Daniel Berset in 1997 at the request of Handicap International. This image has been around the world and is now regarded as one of the most iconic pieces of 21st century art. Its message is simple: remember the plight of landmine victims and encourage States to commit themselves to the prohibition of cluster munitions. To illustrate this battle, the Broken Chair has only three legs with the fourth being broken halfway up. Despite this, it stands tall and proud and, with a height of 12 metres, is impressive in its dignity.

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