Finally, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Jullian Assange get the recognition that they deserve; immortalized in bronze, in the same way that any hero worthy of memory had been in the past.
The three sculptures were on display outside of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva Switzerland from the 14th to 18th of September, parts of an artwork called “Anything To Say?” and depicted the three whistle-blowers standing on chairs. A fourth empty chair allowed anybody who dared to stand next to these men and say… whatever they wanted, really.
“They have lost their freedom for the truth, so they remind us how important it is to know the truth,” the artworks creator, Italian sculptor Davide Dormino said.
The fourth chair is open to anyone here in Berlin who wants to get up and say anything they want,” Dormino told Deutsche Welle, upon initially unveiling the statue in Berlin’s Alexanderplatz Square.
People are saying many different things. From politics to babbling to silence, from people who desperately are wanting to help Julian, Bradley and Edward to people who have no idea who they are. This chair is, I guess, a place of free speech
The statue pays homage to three who said no to war, to the lies that lead to war and to the intrusion into private life that helps to perpetuate war”
Not everyone has taken kindly to the statues… It seems some “Government Agents”… I mean “Provocateurs”… I mean “Hooligans” have decided to vandalize the bronze statues. The picture below was posted by the Facebook page of the artwork yesterday on the 26th of September, while they were on display in Beaubourg, Paris.
It is disgraceful how some fools fail to understand the significance of this artwork… As a symbol for whistle-blowers and honest people everywhere, these three statues would rally the People and perhaps teach some kids from an early age that SOMETIMES standing up for what’s right gets remembered, inspiring us all to take that chance to stop the plans of the elite…
Or perhaps, some fools understand it all too well. Thankfully spray paint can be easily removed with a bit of acetone. The stain in the hearts of those who did this, however, shall remain for quite a bit longer.
Sources: Free Thought Project, RT, DIY Budget Girl
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Not everyone appreciate freedom people have fought for…
I for one, appreciate everything these brave people did and I applaud the sculpture. I wish I could go and stand on that chair. I do everyday, politically. I also want them all to be walking the streets, free.
It is always dangerous to contradict the regime in power. They _hate_ that.
I could not agree more. Dangerous though it maybe, it is beyond necessary to oppose/fight/contradict/disagree with ruling party once they have betrayed the trust of the people. Who on this planet HONESTLY trusts their government?
I actually like the tagging on the statues. It’s illegal free speech on the images of those who cannot legally speak. One anonymous artist adding his voice by standing on an invisible chair. By removing the tags you are just being a conformist by censoring the graff artist.
I think a good artist could work with that silvercolor… give it a cool paint 🙂
I don’t put Assange on the same pedestal I put Snowden. Assange leaked thousands of potentially dangerous files UNEDITED to anyone with internet access. Snowden, on the other hand, was very selective in who he shared information with, opting to give most of it to independent journalists to use at their discretion, and as a result, leaked MUCH less dangerous information. Snowden was discreet; Assange was irresponsible.
Not aware, Can you give some examples of what was irresponsible? I always saw Assange as highly intelligent and purposeful. Thank you.
P.S. oh, maybe you say this because of that movie which was very deflamatory
So vandals, either directionless youth or paid vandals, they have to get the last word in defiance, eh ?
So vandals, either directionless youth or paid destructionists, they have to get the last word in defiance, eh ?