12. Enlightened Universe Marks the 70th Anniversary of the UN
The installation Enlightened Universe by artist Cristobal Gabarron
On Saturday, October 24, the United Nations celebrated its 70th Anniversary by unveiling artist Cristobal Gabarron’s sculpture, Enlightened Universe in Central Park‘s Rumsey Playing Field. Over one hundred people were in attendance for the celebration and ribbon cutting including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, Mitchell J. Silver, the President of the UN General Assembly, Morgens Lykketoft, and the artist, Cristobal Gabarron.
The seventy life-size figures each represent one year of the UN’s existence. They surround a twenty-four ton, stainless steel sphere, which is a scaled down model of the Earth. This installation will eventually travel to different major cities throughout the world, repeating the same program of promise. To get to the Rumsey Playing Field, enter Central Park from East 72nd Street.