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UNGOLD_031009_05.JPG: "The Golden Rule." This is a Norman Rockwell mosaic depicting people of different nationalities standing together with the words "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" inscribed on it. It was presented by Nancy Reagan in 1985. The mosaic, entitled "The Golden Rule," seeks to depict "a vision of a united people," said Mrs Reagan. Secretary-General Perez de Cuellar in accepting the gift said, "The painter's vision indeed recalls the Charter's inspiring precept for all 'to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors.' The mosaic eloquently expresses our aspirations for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, without distinction as to sex, race, language or religion." The gift, which was arranged and financed by the Thanks-Giving Square Foundation of Dallas, Texas is on the third floor of the Conference Building next to the Economic and Social Council Chamber.
UNGOLD_031009_07.JPG: Personally, the lady looks way too much like Michael Jackson for me
UNGOLD_031009_18.JPG: When I was looking at it, I noticed that it had been damaged a bit. You can see the gouge on the left side on the guy's face.
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Description of Subject Matter: The Golden Rule
The mosaic, executed in 1985 by Coop Mosaic Artistico Veneziano and made of Murano glass tile, is a representation of Norman Rockwell's painting The Golden Rule, Norman Rockwell had previously made a 10 foot charcoal drawing of "The Golden Rule" for the United Nations. Done during the time of Henry Cabot Lodge the drawing was never finished. In an article entitled, "I Paint the Golden Rule," Rockwell stated, "Like everyone else I am concerned with the world situation and like everyone else, I'd like to contribute something to help. The only way I can contribute is through my pictures. So for a long time I had been trying to think of a subject that might be of some help. Then one day, (I don't know why or how), I suddenly got the idea that the "Golden Rule - Do unto others as You Would Have them Do Unto You: - was the subject I was looking for. Right away I got intensely excited. But how could I picture the Golden Rule? I began to make all sorts of sketches. Then I remembered that down in the cellar of my studio was the ten-foot long charcoal drawing of my United Nations picture, which I had never finished. I hauled it upstairs. In it I had tried to depict all the peoples of the world gathered together. This was just what I wanted to express about the Golden Rule." The charcoal drawing showed the Security Council in session with the peoples of the world behind them. For the people the deliberation of the council could mean peace or war. Rockwell confessed that it was he who failed to complete the painting, "I failed to carry the picture further, not because I had lost faith in the UN, but because I had lost confidence in my ability to express what I wanted to say in the picture." Once he reviewed his original drawing he knew this could be the basis for his painting.
The painting appeared on the April, 1961 cover of the Saturday Evening Post In the upper right-hand corner, the artist inserted a portrait of his late wife, Mary, holding t ...More...
Wikipedia Description: United Nations Art Collection
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* In 1985, as a representative of the United States, then first lady Nancy Reagan presented a mosaic to the United Nations to celebrate the organization's 40th anniversary. The Golden Rule mosaic was a creation of Venetian artists and was based on a painting by Norman Rockwell. Depicting people of all races, religion, creed and hue, the mosaic imparts the message to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you".
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2003 photos: Equipment this year: I decided my Epson digital camera wasn't quite enough for what I wanted. Since I already had Compact Flash chips for it, I had to find another camera which used CF chips. That brought me to buy the Fujifilm S602 Zoom in March 2003. A great digital camera, I used it exclusively for an entire year.
Trips this year: Three-week trip this year out west, mostly in Utah.
Number of photos taken this year: 68,000.