Sunday, April 12, 2009

High Art

The newly renovated Room XX is pictured after the unveiling ceremony at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva. Spanish artist Miguel Barcelo was commissioned by the Foundation ONUART on the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to undertake the painting of the ceiling, the most extensive work of art in the history of the UN at the venue for the Human Rights Council.

Barcelo used more than one hundred tons of paint with pigments from all corners of the globe on the enormous 1,500 sq m dome. The complete renovations to Room XX cost approximately 20 million Euros (US$ 25 million).

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