The Carnegie Foundation
has asked me to make a proposal for a work of art for the
entrance area of the new library and academy building of
the Peace Palace in The Hague.
The Peace Palace was build at the beginning of the 20th century
as the home of the international Court of Justice, the highest
judicial body of the United Nations, the Permanent Court
of Arbitration and a library.
At the time many countries donated works of art and decorative
art for different parts of the building, thus the building
houses an impressive collection of artefacts. A visit to
the Peace Palace gives insight in the state of the art of
the decorative arts a hundred years ago.
Since 1923, the Peace Palace houses the Academy of International
Law of The Hague, where students from all over the world
come to study. The Academy has outgrown its old space, therefore
will be replaced by a new bigger wing, designed by Wilford
Schupp Architects. A large transparent reading room connects
the new academy-building with the historic library, at 3,5
meters above the ground.
The location for the artwork is on the left hand side of
the Peace Palace, in an open space between the historic and
new building, just in front of the raised reading room.