Broken Chair : symbol for armed violence victims
Broken Chair symbolizes the despair and dignity of armed violence victims. Its aim is to remind the obligation of states to protect and help victims. The presence of Broken Chair in Place des Nations allows everyone to reflect on their own responsibility and encourages action!
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 settles in Place des Nations
The giant chair mutilated by an explosion has been created out of Handicap International’s desire to mobilize states...
An uncertain future
The renovation of Place des Nations threatens of Broken Chair. "While for the architects, the artwork integrated perfectly their visual concept...
February 26 – The return of Broken Chair
Beyond the debate about its future, Broken Chair returns to its original location due to its popularity.
Broken Chair for Cluster Bomb Victims
Handicap International decides to extend the symbolic force of the artwork to support the process of banning cluster bombs...
A New Fight for Broken Chair : Explosive Weapons
Handicap International decides to expand Broken Chair’s mission. As part of its campaign « Stop bombing civilians! »...
November 14 – inauguration of the monument to the Unknown Civilian
As the first witness to the damages caused by explosive weapons and true to its founding revolt against weapons that kill civilians, Handicap International paid tribute...
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...
Place of Nations
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