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  The Celestial Sphere (Paul Manship 1885-1966) is one of the restoration-projects of the Maecenas World Patrimony Foundation.  
The objective of Maecenas World Patrimony Foundation is the conservation of art and historic objects from the collections of the United Nations' offices and its agencies.

By its nature, the United Nations cannot raise funds for purposes beyond its statutory objectives. It cannot call on direct sponsorship and the UN can accept donations only within certain limits.

The United Nations has in fact no budget for the conservation of this part of its cultural heritage.

Results since our start in 1998:

  • Restoration of Hendrik Sorensen's 'Le Rêve de la Paix' in the Library of the Palais des Nations
  • Restoration of Marc Chagall's 'Peace Window' at the United Nations' Head Quarters in New York
    The restoration was finalised only days before the tragic 11th September 2001. Therefore, the Dedication Ceremony under the patronage of the President of the 60th session of the General Assembly, by its chairman H.E. Jan Eliasson, on Monday, 24 October 2005, United Nations Day.
  • Paul manship's Woodrow Wilson Memorial Celestial Sphere at the Cour d'Honneur in the park of the Palais des Nations
    • addressing the need for restoration
    • scientific research on the object, its surrounding, and its history
    • preparation of the restoration plan
    • creating awareness of the need for its restoration, locally and internationally

Today, as part of the restoration and renovation of the Palais des Nations and its park, this goal is being achieved.

In addition, in collaboration with the NGO Comprehensive Dialogue among Civilisations (Geneva) and Museum Geelvinck (Amsterdam), four exhibitions were realised in the Library of the Palais des Nations as part of the United Nations Dialogue among Civilisations to raise awareness for this effort.

Currently, the MWPF focusses on digitally presenting to a worldwide audience these important works of art dedicated to peace.

We welcome your kind support.

'A gift to the United Nations is a gift to humanity and belongs to the heritage of humankind'.

'We all share the responsibility to protect, care for and preserve this'.

H.E. Dr. Vladimir Petrovsky (1933-2014)

Under-Secretary-General, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva and Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament (1993-2002) Initiator of MWPF

Restoration Projects:

Celestial Sphere (Paul Manship)
Peace Window (Marc Chagall
Le Reve de la Paix (Hendrik Sorensen)

     © 2005 Maecenas World Patrimony Foundation