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Mur de la Paix - Wall for Peace Champ de Mars
Mur de la Paix - PEACE in 32 languages and 13 alphabets
The Mur de la Paix is located in the Parc du Champ de Mars.
The monument is one of the many works of contemporary art found in Paris.
Its dimensions are quite impressive: 16m long by 13m wide and 9m high.
It consists of twelve glass panels, where the word PEACE is written in 32 languages and 13 alphabets.
The Mur de la Paix was erected in 2000 in order to symbolize the passage into the third millennium, and is directly inspired by the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.
Building a Mur de la Paix on the Champ de Mars has a major symbolic value in our French culture.
Our village greens were known as Champ de Mars and served for festivals, fairs, markets and public executions.
Most indeed replaced the temples the Romans erected some 2000 years ago and dedicated to Mars, their God of War.
The temples were pulled down when France was evangelized, but the name remained attached to our greens.
The Mur de la Paix has always been very popular with the tourists and the amateurs of Modern Art love it.
However, it has always been a controversial monument.
Mur de la Paix, a very controversial monument
Indeed, it should have remained in place for 4 months only, but 17 years later it's still there.
Its construction raised an outcry from local residents,.
They indeed considered it an artistic work of poor quality and circulated many petitions in favour of its demolition.
The polemic is as active as ever, because the Mur pour la Paix is simply falling into ruins due to lack of maintenance.
Detractors say that this wall, which was granted a temporary authorization of 4 months, should have been demolished long ago.
They believe that it is about time the law should be respected and the monument dismantled.
They also invoke a major safety issue.
Built to last only a few weeks, the monument has light foundations that should be regularly repaired and reinforced!
Its access is now forbidden and the site is blocked with safety tape with the following warning sign:
"Pour votre sécurité. Accès interdit. Danger" - "For your safety. Access forbidden. Danger ".
The creators of the Mur de la Paix, Marek and Clara Halter and the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, keep opposing the dismantling and transfer of their Mur de la Paix.
They have engaged in a legal battle against those who seek its demolition, and have also set up a donation appeal online.
It seems as if the Wall of Peace has become the Wall of War!
Directions: 7th District
Metro: Ecole Militaire
Coordinates: Lat 48.853378 - Long 2.302006