Broken Chair : symbol for armed violence victims
Broken Chair embodies the desperate but proud cry of the civilian populations harmed by all forms of armed violence. It also symbolizes the obligation of States to protect and help the victims. Its presence on the Place des Nations allows each of us to develop a personal reflection on our responsibility to refuse the unacceptable, and to act!
Created : 1997
Size and weight : 12 meters and 5.5 tons
Material : Douglas Wood
Owner : Handicap International, Humanity & Inclusion
Project : Paul Vermeulen, co-founder of Handicap International Switzerland
Artist : Daniel Berset
Carpenter : Louis Genève
Engineer : Thomas Büchi
18 August - Broken Chair comes to Place des Nations
This giant chair was born out of Handicap International’s desire to rally states and public opinion to put an end to the humanitarian crisis caused by antipersonnel mines.
An uncertain future
The renovation of Place des Nations again threatened Broken Chair’s presence. "While for the architects, the artwork integrated perfectly their visual concept
February 26 - Broken Chair returns
Beyond the debate about its future, Broken Chair returned to its original location thanks to a groundswell of popular demand.
Broken Chair working for victims of cluster bombs
Handicap International extended the work’s symbolic power in support of the process to ban cluster bombs, which were subsequently banned by the Oslo Convention in December 2008.
A new battle for Broken Chair: explosive weapons
Handicap International chose a new role for Broken Chair. As part of its “NO to the bombing of civilians” campaign, the monument now embodies the desperate cries of those maimed by military violence, with reference to the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.
November 14 – Symbolic inauguration of the monument to the Unknown Civilian
As a key witness to the ravages of explosive weapons and in keeping with its foundational opposition to weapons that kill civilians, Handicap International symbolically inaugurated the Monument to the Unknown Civilian in honour of the millions of women, men and children who have unjustly died in the shadow of war.
January 31 – A sad return to the news
Following the announcement made by U.S. government to resume the use and storage of anti-personnel mines, Handicap International...
Real progress in ending civilian suffering due to bombing
Handicap International positioned a “balloon tank” next to Broken Chair to draw attention to the final negotiations to end the bombing of civilians in populated areas.
18 August 2022 - Broken Chair is 25 years old
In order to raise awareness about barbaric practices such as the bombing of civilians and to continue to unite around its fight...
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