Art in Geneva is Kinda Heavy.

Geneva is sort of a world capital. There’s a United Nations building. The World Health Organization has the hub there. The World Trade Organization has an office as well as countless other similar global entities (which is Somebodyisfromhere.com’s way of saying he has run out of things to name).

A city with such lofty principles is bound to have artwork to match. Take the picture below. The ceiling was controversially donated by the Spanish Government. The controversy comes from the cost to make, well in the millions, donated  to an organization that might like to use money to, you know, do good.

Weighty question that.

Let’s not get into all that. Let’s just take the work for art’s sake. It surely is unique. What does it mean?

“The cave is a metaphor for the agora, the first meeting place of humans, the big African tree under which to sit to talk, and the only possible future: dialogue, human rights,” Barcelo said to Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

Then a couple blocks away there is this three legged chair situation in the middle of a park. Behind it, there’s about a block of  water spouts that go off sporadically.

People like it. It’s a good place to meet. It’s also sort of comforting in the heat the way seeing water tends to do. Kids like to play in it.

But it’s got to signify something doesn’t it? Sure does. And you probably wouldn’t have guessed.

The 3-legged chair in Geneva looms opposite the “Palais des Nations”. Standing 12 metres high, The Broken Chair is a reminder of the tragedy caused to human lives and limbs by land mines.

The chair symbolizes the destruction. The surprise spurts of the water represents the shocking nature of the mines.

Incidentally, both of these statues happen to also be literally heavy.  The chair is 5.5 tons of wood. The rooftop took somewhere under 35 tons.

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