» The city of Athens is granted a ‘Tree of Peace’, sculpted by Hedva Ser
21.09.2019 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

The city of Athens is granted a ‘Tree of Peace’, sculpted by Hedva Ser

Tree of Peace, Athens ©Hedva Ser

On 21 September, Hedva Ser, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and Special Envoy for Cultural Diplomacy participated in the unveiling of her sculpture entitled ‘The Tree of Peace’ in Athens, Greece.

On this occasion, the President of the Greek Republic, Mr Procope Pavlopoulos, the Mayor of Athens, Mr Kostas Bakoyannis and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Marianna Vardinoyannis, all joined Hedva Ser in Rizareios Park, Athens, to take part in the unveiling. The day also fell on International Day of Peace, celebrated every year by the United Nations and UNESCO since 1981.

This work of art was a gift offered to the city of Athens by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and president of the association "ELPIDA, Hope-Friends of Children with Cancer", Ms. Marianna Vardinoyannis, on the 30th anniversary of its creation.

During the ceremony, Ms. Vardinoyannis took the time to discuss this special work of art, speaking of its ability to talk all the languages of the world. Following this, Ms Vardinoyannis and Ms Ser announced their intention to collaborate in the launch of a joint initiative “Peace Route for Peace Education”, under the auspices of UNESCO. 

Hedva Ser’s sculpture "The Tree of Peace" symbolises universal peace.  Like the ancient symbol of the olive branch, this Tree is intended to represent dialogue between people across the world. At a time in which our environment is more threatened than ever, the "Tree of Peace" serves as an alarm signal to remind us of the fragility of nature and our duty to preserve it.

Since her first term as a UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2011, Hedva Ser has participated in the Organization’s mission through her work as an artist and role as a godmother to various artistic projects. As the godmother of the Art Camp project, she promotes the creative and artistic work of young artists from conflict regions while supporting UNESCO's values such as peace promotion and the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

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