Monument recalling an ancient Jewish temple. In front of the 'temple' are four bronze sculptures:
All faces of the 'temple' are different:
- two obelisks covered of a profusion of signs, symbols, texts with very thin details in moulding, of which the "Déclaration des Droits de l'Homme et du Citoyen", most of them are Masonic.
- A statue of a man wearing a toga with on its edge reliefs of documents.
- A statue of a woman with a child. The woman wears a robe and has a ??? in her hand, the child is nude but has a high hat with reliefs of printed newspapers
The whole structure is placed on an elevated level with two steps. On the corners are bronze cauldrons.
- facing Champ de Mars (SW): façade with few elements, with text and some holes:
et du citoyen
- facing NW: stones with the town names lisboa - paris - bruss/xelles - london - dublin, some of them with bronze seal, and some small reliefs.
- facing Rue de Belgrade (NE): a portal with two columns and a bronze door. On the bronze door numerous reliefs of various documents.
- facing SE: stones with the town names αθην&alpha - roma - luxembourg - bonn - amsterdam - kobenhavn, some of them with bronze seal, and some small reliefs.
This monument, dedicated to the Human Rights, was installed in Champs de Mars, in 1989--the 200th anniversary of "La Déclaration des droits de l'Homme et du citoyen." (Declaration of the Rights of Man and of Citizen)
This Declaration is one of the fundamental documents of the French Revolution, defining a set of individual rights and collectives rights of all the estates as one. Influenced by the doctrine of natural rights, these rights are universal: they are supposed to be valid in all times and places, pertaining to human nature itself. The last article of the Declaration was adopted August 26, 1789, by the Assemblée nationale constituante (National Constituent Assembly), as the first step toward writing a constitution. While it set forth fundamental rights, not only for French citizens but for all men without exception, it did not make any statement about the status of women, nor did it explicitly address slavery.
- Ivan (also Yvan) Theimer (Olomouc 1944),
Czech born, and since 1968 French painter and sculptor
Sources & Information
Locatie (N 48°51'18" - E 2°18'3") (Satellite view: Google Maps)
Item Code: frif012; Photograph: 25 May 2011
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