In Praise of the Earth


Let us ask forgiveness of the Earth
For all our sins against her:
For our violence and poisonings
Of her beauty.
Let us remember within us
The ancient clay,
Holding the memory of seasons,
The passion of the wind,
The fluency of water,
The warmth of fire,
The quiver-touch of the sun
And shadowed sureness of the moon.
That we may awaken,
To live to the full
The dream of the Earth
Who chose us to emerge
And incarnate its hidden night
In mind, spirit, and light.
– John O’Donohue, from: In Praise of the Earth
(Photograph Gregory Colbert)





This sculpture is a gift from the Government of Luxembourg and was presented to the United Nations in 1988. It consists of a large replica in bronze of a .45-calibre revolver, the barrel of which is tied into a knot. It was created in 1980 as a peace symbol by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, and is located at the Visitors’ Plaza, facing First Avenue at 45th Street.


The Disasters of War


Gottfried Helnwein painting “The Disasters of War”
photo: Cyril Helnwein


“Fairy 1” Gottfried Helnwein photograph, 2008


Installation in the city of Waterford, Ireland :


“The last Child” 2008
Gottfried Helnwein – digital print


Installation in the city of Waterford, Ireland :


“I Walk Alone” 2003
121 cm x 172 cm – mixed media (oil and acrylic on canvas)


from Gottfried Helnweins album “Paradise Burning”