The President of France, Rene Coty performed the formal inauguration November 3 of UNESCO House, world headquarters of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization.
L.V. DESIGN ON WALLS.
L.V. CALDER, MOBILE.
L.V. SCULPTURE (INERY MOORE)
TOP V. GARDENS.
L.V. PRESIDENT COTY ARRIVING.
S.V. PRESIDENT COTY (NATIONAL ANTHEM)
L.V. INTO BUILDING.
G.V. FLAGS BEING RAISED.
S.V. FLAGS BEING TIED.
S.V. CROWDS WATCHING.
S.V. SIGN "U.N.E.S.C.O."
L.V. PRESIDENT COTY TOWARDS..INSIDE BUILDING.
S.V. PRESIDENT COTY SPEAKING TO PEOPLE.
S.V. PRESIDENT COTY WITH OFFICIAL.
S.V.PAN PRESIDENT COTY AND OFFICIALS.
S.V. U.N.E.S.C.O. BUILDING AND FLAG.
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Background: The President of France, Rene Coty performed the formal inauguration November 3 of UNESCO House, world headquarters of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Visnews feature the handsome, ultra-modern building - a complex of three reinforced concrete buildings of revolutionary facets.
The central building, a seven-story, Y-shaped structure is built on 92 reinforced concrete stilts and walled with glass. Its appearance: light, airy, elegant, awe-inspiring.
The other two buildings, of lesser size, are a conference building with fluted concrete slides and a 'butterfly' roof, covered with copper; and a smaller, square, four-story building to house permanent delegations.
Plans for the three buildings came from the U.S., Italy and France. A five-architect international panel approved the design from them and ten member-nations provided the equipment and material.
Some of the most spectacular contributions have been made by foremost contemporary artists:
Henry Moore -the British sculptor - has carved solidly abstract statues;
The Spanish-born Miro has produced the decoration on ceramic of two walls which stand separately on the landscaped "piazza" which stretches out in front of the secretariat building. One decoration is dominated by a striking blue crescent, is called the Moon Wall, the other, dominated by a large brick-red irregular oval, called the Sun Wall. Miro worked on both with the collaboration of designer Artigas for two years.
Spanish-born Picasso provides probably the most controversial of murals. His is painted on wood panels, covers an area of 80 square yards. It consists of several figures of which three have three vaguely human appearance with a central black design. In the background: large blue, white, brown areas.
American artist Alexander Calder has designed a giant mobile - looking perhaps like a windmill whose steel structure supports seven balancing steel blades.
To celebrate the inauguration, Paris and the French Government which leased the buildings' site for a nominal 1000 franc a year to Unesco, is holding now UNESCO Week featuring exhibitions and cultural events.
Total budget for building and decorations of Unesco House: over 9 million dollars.