Monument to Peace

White Carrara marble, reinforced concrete, painted steel and stainless steel. Theme: Navarre and its people. From 2001 onwards, allegory to Peace. Installation: 1987. Plaza de la Paz square. An ensemble formed by two figures (Man and Woman) some 3 metres high, on two opposing gardened traffic islands, each figure located at the foot of a 12 metre high column on the island. Both are equidistant from a central reservation which has five lampposts fashioned to look like Txistus (Navarre flutes) and of the same dimensions as the columns, with stainless steel rings which serve as fluorescent lights, arranged alternately. The column capital faces, both having 2 metre sides, bear the word «Peace» in eight languages (Spanish, Basque, English and Latin on one; and German, Arabic, French and Japanese on the other). When creating this sculpture for Pamplona, Rafael Bartolozzi was conditioned by the location. His combination centred on the play of traditional architectural lements, sculptures and small fountains with other newer elements with different colours and materials, in order to give a new feel to the city, whilst adding the symbology of its folklore (such as the flute). With his project he decidedly sought to break with the past, in line with the work of his parents, painters Pedro Lozano de Sotés and Francis Bartolozzi, with regard to applied art. The installation of this sculpture was settled in the agreement signed between the Caja de Ahorros Municipal savings bank and the Pamplona City Council in 1986, to highlight the junction between the avenues of the Ejército and Conde Oliveto with the street of Yanguas y Miranda. The savings bank agreed to pay for the sculpture whilst the city council agreed to carry out the installation work and develop the area. The agreement was signed by the Mayor of Pamplona, Julián Balduz and the Director of the Caja de Ahorros Municipal, Manuel López Merino. The unveiling of the monument took place in 1987.

Francisco Javier Zubiaur