249The newest addition to Central Park’s sculptural program will be unveiled Saturday 24 October in an historic ceremony presided over by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President of the 70th session of the General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft, President of the Security Council Román Oyarzun, and President of the Economic and Social Council Mr. Oh Joon, together with New York City officials, including Commissioner for Department of Parks and Recreation Mitchell Silver.

Marked annually on 24 October, United Nations Day is dedicated to the global efforts and achievements of the UN since its founding in 1945. This year, renowned Spanish artist Cristobal Gabarron honours #UN70 through his interactive sculpture Enlightened Universe.

What is it?

Enlightened Universe is an interactive sculpture comprised of a sphere surrounded by a spiral of 70 human figures – one for each of the 70 years since the UN was created. The central sphere and its diameter of 6,371 millimeters are a tribute to the Earth, whose average radius measures 6,371 kilometres. The 70 figures form a universal chain of the human values defended by the UN – freedom, equality, solidarity, tolerance, respect for nature, shared responsibility, education and culture.

The purpose of this installation is to be interactive, as it encourages the viewer to walk through the passageway of figures, posing with them or holding hands with the chain. Upon reaching the sphere of light, the viewer is faced with images that highlight the achievements and values of the UN, including the newly adopted #SDGs.

Join in!

All are welcome to celebrate UN Day by attending the unveiling of Enlightened Universe. The event will take place this Saturday, 24 October at 4:30 p.m. [ceremony starts 5pm sharp!] at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield, entrance near East 72nd and 5th Avenue. The sculpture will remain in New York through 15 November, after which it will be displayed in major cities across the globe.

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