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Open Open from 0:00am-11:59pm
Recommended sightseeing time:5-10 minutes
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Place des Nations, Geneva 1202, SwitzerlandMap

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On the square outside the Palais des Nations in Geneva, there is a 12-meter-high, 5-ton sculpture-a wooden chair with broken legs. The author of the sculpture, Daniel of Switzerland, gave the subtitle: Living with Dignity. The sculpture symbolizes the damage caused by landmines to human flesh, reveals the disasters that war has brought to the world, and shows that peace is the common yearning of mankind.

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The Wooden Chair with Broken Leg, located in the square in front of the Palais des Nations, is a sculpture by Geneva-based artist Daniel Bursett, created in 1997 for the International Disabled Persons' Federation to call attention to the harm caused by landmines to civilians in war. Although this 12-meter-high, 5-ton sculpture is just a "spot" for a visit, it has a special meaning. There are no written descriptions around the sculpture, but the mutilated chair legs undoubtedly symbolize the human limbs lost by the explosion of landmines, leaving people thinking about war and peace.
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