Near the Palace of Europe
First place to see: the Palace of Europe, which houses the Council of Europe. This building, an imposing edifice of 64000 m², inaugurated in 1977, was designed by the French architect Henry Bernard.
Stone to the victims of hunger
To the left of the lawn, you can appreciate a work of the sculptor Mariano González Beltrán entitled “Human Rights“. It consists of many bronze statues making a circle of men and women. The work, a gift from Spain, symbolises a society living in harmony with human rights, like the work of the Council of Europe.
At the end of the lawn you can admire a reproduction of a bronze statue, entitled “Poséidon d’Artémision,” which was offered by Greece in 1998 and represents Poseidon, the god of the sea. The original was recovered in 1928 at the cape of Artemision, north of the island of Euboea in the Aegean Sea. The work is attributed to the Athenian sculptor Calamis and dated in the year 450 B.C. The original can be found at the National Archaelogical Museum of Athens.
To continue your walk, travel along the building to the right until you arrive at a lawn around the restaurant of the Council of Europe, where two works can be found.
Hymn to life
Near the Palace of Human Rights
Next stop: Quai Ernest Bevin, before the building housing the European Court of Human Rights. This building, inaugurated in 1995, was designed by the British architect Richard Rogers.
To the right of the main entrance, approach the “Seven Petrified.” This gift from Switzerland is a collection of statues created by Carl Bucher in 1995. This work expresses the traumatising experiences of physical and psychological violence. It also symbolises the values of the Council of Europe: pluralist democracy, rule of law and the rights of man.
Near the European Parliament
The next place to see: the Louise Weiss building, housing the European Parliament. This building, conceived by the group of French architects Architecture Studio Europe and inaugurated in 1999, carries the name of Louise Weiss in honour of the female politician and writer who dedicated herself to the defence of the European idea as well as the struggle for women’s rights.
Europe at Heart
On the other bank of the Ill, along the Avenue of President Robert Schuman, beside the old buildings of the European Parliament, you can also contemplate a selection of artworks. Among these works:
The Removal of Europa
Wind from Europe
You can also discover the sculpture “Wind from Europe,” by Gianni Visentin, which was a gift from Italy in 1995. It is a hymn to life. The new wind shows the way to overcome materialism and the divisions of the old continent. You can observe a naked family, a symbol of liberty from natural, moral and social pollution, holding up a child out of the poisonous atmosphere, the triumph of the values of solidarity and unity.
Another gift from Italy, dated 2003, on the occassion of the Italian presidency of the Council of the European Union, can be found below the old buildings of the European Parliament. It is a sculpture 4 meters high by the artist Pietro Consagra, entitled “Doppia Bifrontale.” Situated next to the Allée Spach press center, this work is in reference to the opera of the same name and by the same artist, inaugurated on July 2, 2003 at the European Parliament.