14.02.2012 - ODG

Bokova pays tribute to the memory of Erik Reitzel

© UNESCO/M. RavassardUNESCO Headquarters in Paris - The Symbolic Globe by Erik Reitzel (Denmark) and the Eiffel Tower

It is with great sadness that UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova learned of the passing of the Danish civil engineer, Erik Reitzel, and she extends her sincere condolences to his wife, Inge Reitzel, and their family. On behalf of UNESCO, the Director-General sends her sympathy to the Government of Denmark.

“Erik Reitzel has created his globe to symbolize the ideals of the United Nations and embody the spirit of UNESCO. His piece of art accompanies us every day and makes us stronger in our commitment to serve the common good,” said the Director-General.

“His work on minimal structures is an important step for the creation of installations that are both light and majestic. The Grande Arche de la Défense (The Great Arch of the Défense in France) and the Symbolic Globe of UNESCO are two major illustrations of this inspiration,” added Irina Bokova.

Born in 1941 in Copenhagen (Kingdom of Denmark), Erik Reitzel was a civil engineer. For many years, he was a professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the Technical University of Denmark. Erik Reitzel specialized in the study of minimizing structures, a crossroad between scientific and industrial research. He designed the Grande Arche de la Défense in Paris in 1983 and the Plateau du Louvre in 1987. Erik Reitzel’s Symbolic Globe is a spherical aluminum structure that is 12.8 m high with a diameter of 15m. It is a gift from the Kingdom of Denmark to UNESCO. Consisting of 10 000 rods and aluminum joints, the Globe has been exhibited at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris since 1995.



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