The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all over the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948, as a common standard of achievements for all people and all nations.
For the first time, fundamental human rights were universally defined. While almost everyone seems to know about basic human rights, few people truly realize the full scope of its thirty articles. These rights set the foundation for freedom, justice, and peace in the world and have been translated into over 500 languages.*
“Who wouldn’t dream of walking in a park while letting
their gaze and hands run over a set of sculptures
and texts describing each article
of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
Who wouldn't dream of taking their children there
so that they can learn while playing?
Who wouldn't dream of giving a lesson to their students
to raise their awareness in a fun way?
I dream about it . . . or rather, I dreamed about it . . .
because now we will.”
The artists Sara.H and DeLaPerouze will transpose the rights into sculptures, and strive to create in a way that enhances touching - making them accessible to everyone, including the visually impaired. A text panel in English and in Braille will accompany each sculpture.
The park will be free and available to everyone. While most art pieces are usually marked “do not touch”, these sculptures will encourage people to use their fingers and explore the gentle forms of the bronze.
This project is also aligned with the requirements of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ''In Touch with Art 2010'', by providing access to cultural property in accessible formats.
The illustrations are examples of the sculptures envisioned for the Human Rights Park. The creation of the park will commence once sufficient funds have been raised through donations.