The Wall for Peace | Champ de Mars


A peace symbol at a site that is historically a reminder of war.

The Wall for Peace was erected in the year 2000 south of the Esplanade du Champs-de-Mars, just opposite the Ecole militaire military school. It was designed and built by the artist Clara Halter and the French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. The decision to erect the Wall for Peace on the Champ de Mars was a symbolic one : celebrating peace in a place that is historically a reminder of war : prior to the French Revolution, it was here that the soldiers from the Military School came to train. The Wall for Peace is freely inspired by the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. The Wall for Peace is a symmetrical, transparent monument, made of a metallic structure in wood, steel and glass. 32 steel columns surround it, a transition from the greenery of  Champ de Mars and the main monument area. The word “Peace” is written on the glass facades in 49 languages. Visitors can leave a message of peace in the gaps in the wall that were designed for that purpose or leave a message directly on the website. Since 2003 interactive terminals installed at the monument display the messages. The monument also bears messages for peace written by a number of well-known personalities.

Source images / Happiness as an Art de Vivre :

2970_MURPOURLAPAIX_P : – Kiev.Victor  / 2971_MURPOURLAPAIX_K : Source : Anna Kèsz?

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