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Peace Bench In Aluminium To Be Unveiled At UN

Metal News - Published on Mon, 24 Jun 2019

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Following a commission to design a “tool for dialogue,” design firm Snøhetta, Hydro and furniture maker Vestre have joined forces to create the “Peace Bench” for the Nobel Peace Center, titled The Best Weapon. The bench is made in aluminium from Hydro. As a symbol of diplomacy and dialogue, the Peace Bench pays tribute to the Nobel Peace Prize winners and their effort to bring people together to find effective solutions for peace. Engraved on the installation is Nelson Mandela’s famous quote; “The best weapon is to sit down and talk,” from which the installation derives its name.

President and CEO of Hydro Hilde Merete Aasheim said that “As an international industrial company with operations in more than 40 countries, we see close dialogue with the communities we operate in as a foundation for a viable business and sustainable operations. As a long-term partner of the Nobel Peace Center, we are also pleased that aluminium from Hydro could play a key role in this piece of peace art.”

The installation will remain at the headquarters plaza through September, when the plan is to transfer it to Oslo and a permanent location near the Nobel Peace Center and the Oslo City Hall, where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded annually.

Following Snøhetta and Vestre’s longtime commitment to social design in public spaces, the project aims to be a tool to bring about social change. Conceptually, the bench is designed as a circle segment that will make people slide together, encouraging them to talk to each other. The sturdy material will ensure the bench’s longevity, promoting diplomacy and dialogue for many years to come.

Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Center Liv Tørres said that “The Peace Bench manifests the values of the Nobel Peace Center and pays tribute to the humane ideals of Nelson Mandela – ideals of compromise, of dialogue and compassion.”

The unveiling event will take place at the UN headquarters in New York on the Nelson Mandela Day, July 18, 2019.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Mon, 24 Jun 2019
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