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UNARTO_031009_02.JPG: In the courtyard is the "Peace Bell". The gift of the Japanese Association for the UN and that of the Israeli Government are combined in a small area, known as the West Court Garden. The base and setting for the peace bell was faced with slabs of Israeli stone, quarried from the hills of Jerusalem. The base supports a pavilion, 13 feet in height, which houses the bell. The bell was donated by the Japanese UAN. It measures 3 feet 3 inches in height about 2 feet in diameter at its base. It weighs 250 pounds. It was cast from coins from some 60 countries as well as individual contributions. Inscribed on one side of the bell, in Japanese, are the words, "Long Live Absolute World Peace."
UNARTO_031009_05.JPG: You used to be able to wander in the sculpture garden but that was stopped due to security concerns. There's a chance this is "Arrival," It's described as a ship sculpture to commemorate the Irish contribution to the world by the Irish sculptor John Behan.
UNARTO_031009_07.JPG: "Mother and Child." A 25-foot-high bronze statue of "Mother and Child," a tribute to peace, is a gift from Italy to the UN. The statue, located in the North Garden, is the work of the Italian sculptor Giacomo Manzu. The statue was unveiled by the President of Italy in 1989. He said the statue "signified a glorification of life, and consequently, of peace." Its presentation to the UN expressed the sentiments of friendship and affection with which Italy regarded the world body and its support for the invaluable work done by the Organization in the area of international peace and security. The UN Secretary-General, in accepting the gift, said the sculpture was more than a symbol or a message: "it represents love, beauty and hope for future generations."
UNARTO_031009_27.JPG: "Sphere Within a Sphere." The sculpture by Arnolda Pomodoro was presented by the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs to the UN at a brief ceremony in 1996. The sculpture is located on the terrace north of the Visitors' Entrance of the General Assembly Building.
UNARTO_031009_28.JPG: "Non-Violence". A sculpture "Non-Violence" of a large replica in bronze of a 45-calibre revolver, the barrel of which is tied into a knot, was unveiled by the UN Secretary-General in 1988. The Secretary of State of Luxembourg was present as well as the artist, Karl Fredrik Reutersward, a native of Sweden. The sculpture, measuring 1m x 1.4m x 0.35m, cast by Fonderia Mariani, Peitra Santa, Viareggion (Luca) Italy, is located on the apron of the General Assembly Building facing First Avenue at 45th Street.
UNARTO_031009_36.JPG: "Good Defeats Evil." A bronze sculpture entitled "Good Defeats Evil" presented to the UN by the Government of the Soviet Union to commemorate the 1987 signing of the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Nuclear Missiles (INF Treaty) and in celebration of the 45th session of the General Assembly.
The 40-ton, 39-foot-high bronze sculpture is composed of parts of actual United States and Soviet missiles. The colossal work depicts St George, one arm raised, as he drives a lance through the dragon's head. The dragon in the Soviet sculpture is not the mythological beast of early Christian tradition, but rather the symbol of nuclear war.
The monument to peace was created by Soviet artist laureate Zurab Tsereteli who was present at the unveiling ceremony in 1990.
UNARTO_031009_46.JPG: "Mir" (Peace). The bronze statue "Mir" (Peace) is 16 feet in height. It is an equestrian figure of a woman standing on a pedestal. The pedestal, about 26 feet high, is of concrete faced with rose-colored marble glass. The woman holds in her left hand, lifted above the horse's head, an olive branch, and in her right hand a globe.
The statue stands in the north garden. The sculptor, Anton Augustincic, is a contemporary Yugoslav artist. The work was formally presented to the UN in 1954.
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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.
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