The Open Hand Monument
Posted on 21 January 2020
Located in India, The Open Hand Monument is a key symbol of the peace movement.
The Open Hand Monument is a structure designed by the architect Le Corbusier and located in the Capitol Complex of the Indian city and union territory of Chandigarh.
It is the emblem and symbol of the Government of Chandigarh and symbolizes, ‘the hand to give and the hand to take; peace and prosperity, and the unity of mankind’.
The largest example of Le Corbusier’s many Open Hand sculptures, it stands 26 metres (85 ft) high. The metal structure with vanes is 14 metres (46 ft) high, weighs 50 short tons (100,000 lb), and was designed to rotate in the wind.
Construction began in 1964 and, after many years of delay, was finally completed in 1985.
Ave Quiromántica Statue
Inspired by the Open Hand Monument, The Ave Quiromántica Statue, made of bronze, is located in Spain and is half pigeon and half open-hand.
The sculpture is based on a sketch by the poet Rafael Perez Estrada, to whom the monument is dedicated by the City of Malaga. Ave Quiromántica translates as Chiromatic Bird – chiromatic meaning palmistry.
The sculpture was created by Jose Seguiri, a local sculptor, and was dedicated in 2001.
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