The Broken Chair Monument, also known as “Chaise Cassée,” is a striking and symbolic sculpture located in the heart of Geneva, Switzerland. The monument was created by Swiss artist Daniel Berset and erected in front of the Palais des Nations in 1997 as a powerful reminder of the impact of landmines and the need for disarmament.

The Broken Chair stands at an impressive height of 12 meters (39 feet) and features a gigantic wooden chair with one of its legs broken off. The sculpture’s imposing size and powerful symbolism draw attention to the devastating consequences of landmines on civilian lives, particularly children who often fall victim to these hidden weapons.

The installation was originally intended to be temporary, but due to its profound impact and global recognition, it became a permanent fixture in front of the Palais des Nations. The Broken Chair Monument serves as a poignant call to action for disarmament and peace, encouraging visitors to reflect on the importance of international efforts to ban and remove landmines.

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