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UNSTR_031009_04.JPG: The next several images are of the "Zanetti Mural." It is a gift from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the artist is Jose Vela Zanetti of the Dominican Republic (he was born in Burgos, Spain). The mural, depicting man's eternal struggle for lasting peace, was painted in tempera directly on a canvas-covered wall about 60 feet long and 10 feet high on the third floor of the Conference Building. The mural begins with the destruction of a family and ends with its resurrection, showing first all the agony of modern warn (concentration camps, bombings, hunger), in the center a gigantic four-armed figure implanting the emblems of the UN, and finally justice, reconstruction, human rights, and lasting peace. It was dedicated in 1953.
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Description of Subject Matter: Mankind's Struggle for a Lasting Peace
This mural, entitled, Mankind's Struggle for a Lasting Peace, was one of the first works of art to be installed in the Secretariat building. In the artist's words it "symbolizes the essential purposes of the United Nations. These symbols cry out, pray, praise and condemn, but altogether they represent the hope of man for achieving peace". In the centre of the mural a gigantic four-armed figure (to represent the four corners of the world) is holding the blue emblem of the United Nations. This also resembles the dome of the General Assembly Building to symbolize reconstruction after the war.
Artist or Maker: Jose Vela Zanetti
Donation Date: March 19, 1953
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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.