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Old 29.03.2011, 18:15
Bertrand - Geneva
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Geneva : Armenian Community to Offer an Oeuvre

The Armenian community is going to offer in Geneva an oeuvre commemorating The Armenian genocide.

Early in the afternoon, the project was presented by Patrice Mugny, Administrative Councillor
responsible for the culture, and Charles Aznavour, in his ambassador's quality of the Republic
of Armenia in Switzerland.

The oeuvre, signed by the French artist Melik Ohanian and entitled " The Streetlights of the Memory ",
should become established on the Bastion Saint Antoine in April, 2013, if it obtains all the authorizations.

In May, 2008, the City of Geneva decided to build in the public place a monument in memory of the genocide of the Armenians.
The Fund of contemporary art Of the City organized the project, inviting eight international artists to contribute.

The proposition of Melik Ohanian was unanimously retained by the jury.

It displays in nine streetlights 8 meters high. Diverted from their function of lighting, these big pillars invite
rather on second thought, a text being readable on the column.

Instead of the bulb, a gleaming "tear" in frosted stainless steel will be installed.

" I was enormously seduced to see this space opened on the future, and on the hope, declared Charles Aznavour.
And I am very flattering whether it is an Armenian work which is presented in a country which is henceforth mine, Switzerland. "

The project will be partially financed by the City (100 000 francs, for the organization of the competition)
and by the Armenian community (400 000 francs, for the purchase of the work).


translated with Reverso and *corrected* by myself
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