Let us beat swords into ploughshares

 

Let us beat swords into ploughshares (statue)One of the most famous works of art at the United Nations Headquarters in New York is the statue Let us beat swords into ploughshares created by Evgeniy Vuchetich.

 

The sculpture was presented in December 1959 by the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. It depicts the figure of a man holding a hammer aloft in one hand, and a sword in the other, which he is making into a ploughshare. It is meant to symbolize man's desire to put an end to war and to convert the means of destruction into creative tools for the benefit of mankind. The sculpture is located in the North Garden of UN Headquarters (UN Photo 161127C).

 

 

Related person

 

Vuchetich, Evgeniy

 

 

Catalogue

 

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics                8 March 1960

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics                8 October 1960

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics                1 June 1970

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics                26 June 1985

 

 

Extra catalogue - reproduced stamps

 

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics                15 August 1961

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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