MONUMENT TO MISSING CHILDREN

 

A sculptural public monument to missing children created by Nilda Comas.

 

INTRODUCTION

As an artist, I feel inspired to create a monument to educate the public about the violence and criminal acts, that are constantly happening all over the world against children.

My inspiration came after visiting Argentina, at the end of their Military Dictatorship, in the 1980s. Argentina is one of many governments, where atrocities against children have occurred.

An international monument dedicated to our missing children is necessary, so that we are made aware, that we must never be silent, since it is our responsibility to act against such atrocities and crimes.

Each of these children has a right for justice. Our children are our future. We must protect, respect and love them where there is life, there is hope, where there is hope, there is a future.

Public Art Monument to Missing Children by Nilda ComasThe public is made aware of what may not entirely be seen. When war may not end or injustice not find solution, monuments need to be created.

It is the poetic communication of monumental sculpture that has a way of leading its significance to our minds in order for us as a people to make a difference socially. To demonstrate what is social injustice, artists find a method thru their works to create monuments that change people's understanding about life.

Visitors to the international memorial monument for missing children will feel catharsis, the purifying relieving of emotions by art.

Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations has said, "Artists have a special task in the struggle for peace. Artists not only speak to people but speak for people. Art is a weapon against ignorance and hatred, and represents the human conscience. Art opens new doors to learning, to understanding, to freedom and peace among people and nations."

Children are missing by brutal injustices. Criminals, terrorists, military dictatorships during war and in times of 'peace' are cause to such atrocities and crimes. An international monument dedicated to missing children has not been addressed.

Missing children are robbed of their identity, family and heritage. Natural born rights are stolen every day. Each child has a case for justice. An international monument commemorating the lives of these children is necessary. It is necessary to bring light to our consciousness that only a monument could provide. We must bring attention to the cause, the hope to find these children and the awareness of those who are missing.

An international memorial monument would inspire each individual to act discriminately against governments and violent people, who act criminally against children. Such an international memorial monument will create a place for people to visit as a healing place to honor the missing and to keep their memory alive, for victims' parents, families and for the world. An international memorial monument would serve as a unifying force for international missing children organizations, providing a central force for fund raising and public awareness.

Ultimately, there will always be a struggle between Democracy and Military Despotism. Unfortunately, children are involved in the struggle for freedom and solution. Violence will always exist, as the criminal conscious does. An international memorial monument would be a powerfully engaging force central to the cause and mission.

The international memorial monument to missing children would serve as a focal point for mourning 'I memorializing and honoring the missing, as well as a place for healing victim families. Such a monument would bring to the world the serious crisis of millions of missing children. This memorial monument could be a center for missing children organizations.

Children are missing by brutal injustices. Criminals, terrorists, military dictatorships during war and in times of 'peace' are cause to such atrocities and crimes. An international monument dedicated to missing children has not been addressed.

Missing children are robbed of their identity, family and heritage. Natural born rights are stolen every day. Each child has a case for justice. An international monument commemorating the lives of these children is necessary. It is necessary to bring light to our consciousness that only a monument could provide. We must bring attention to the cause, the hope to find these children and the awareness of those who are missing.

An international memorial monument would inspire each individual to act discriminately against governments and violent people, who act criminally against children. Such an international memorial monument will create a place for people to visit as a healing place to honor the missing and to keep their memory alive, for victims' parents, families and for the world. An international memorial monument would serve as a unifying force for international missing children organizations, providing a central force for fundraising and public awareness.

Ultimately, there will always be a struggle between Democracy and Military Despotism. Unfortunately, children are involved in the struggle for freedom and solution. Violence will always exist, as the criminal conscious does. An international memorial monument would be a powerfully engaging force central to the cause and mission.

The international memorial monument to missing children would serve as a focal point for mourning, memorializing and honoring the missing, as well as a place for healing victim families. Such a monument would bring to the world the serious crisis of millions of missing children. This memorial monument could be a center for missing children organizations.

WHY AN INTERNATIONAL MONUMENT?

A memorial monument is needed to be a sacred environment for healing and to act as a symbol for people of all races from countries all over the world against the criminal robbing and government atrocities that exist.

When abductions occur across borders, victim parents are often left to overcome legal, financial, cultural and language barriers in their attempt to recover or gain access to their children. For many victim parents, the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is a viable remedy to the trauma of a child abduction. The Convention is an international treaty that supports a mechanism to bring about the prompt return of children, who have been wrongfully removed or retained outside their country of habitual residence, in violation of rights of custody existing and actually exercised in the child's country of habitual residence.

Today, the United States has a treaty relationship under the Hague Convention with 65 other countries. When a new country accedes to the Convention, the Department of State undertakes an extensive review of that country's accession to determine whether the necessary legal and institutional mechanisms are in place to fully implement the Convention. Once the Department concludes that a country has the capability to be an effective treaty partner, its accession is recognized and the Convention comes into force between the United States and that country.

Hope is an important human element. A memorial park created will act as a space for hope and prayer. These thousands of families and communities need a focal point to help with their hope. An international memorial monument will be a place where people of all races and countries can come together and find comfort in one another, sharing grief and hope.

DESCRIPTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL MONUMENT TO MISSING CHILDREN

THE SITE, A MEMORIAL PARK

The plan is to create a beautiful memorial park. for the monument. Flags from ~untries from all over the world will represent that this is
an international monument. The flags will be on the bottom of the hill, upon a visitor's entrance.

On top of a hill, the memorial park will consist of an area, where nine cypres trees would be installed, like arrows pointing, reaching to the sky, planted In a circle. The circular space is divided and, the cypress trees are spaced in groups of three, as In the trimesters of pregnancy - the nine months of human gestation. The cypress trees will frame an area that is concave - the cypress trees symbolizeeternal life (which is why cypress trees are often found in cemeteries, temples and churches, reminding us of eternal life), creating a sacred environment or an eternal home or holy place for visitors. The trees remind us of growth, a celebration of life ... to create a 'living memorial.' Many of our missing children are alive.

The nine cypress trees surround a circular area that is concave. This concavity symbolizes the open womb, 'mother earth,' having been robbed of its contents. When standing on the edge of the hill, one will see the sculpture of the baby, as if floating. This will be the first impression for the viewer. In its center, a heavy, marble stone will support the sculpture or monument. Surrounding the stone base, the plans entail a pool of water full of round, egg shaped river stones from the different rivers of the world, with each country being represented by a river stone. A sense of unity will transpire.

The egg shaped stones in the pool surrounding the monument symbolize life, as this is a "living memorial." The water acts as a united, peaceful element within the memorial park. A small round low wall will contain the pool of moving water. The idea is to create a state of calmness and hope, as one watches the water. The water will move in a circular motion, just as the world turns, never stopping. The stones will come from rivers around the world donated by each country. Water running above the representational stones will give hope to the viewer of the non-stopping search for missing children intenationally. On the small round low wall will be the names of missing children organizations who have supported the memorial monument to be built.

The walkways surrounding the monument will be composed of bricks. The bricks will have inscribed names of missing children, their date of birth, date of disappearance and the country where they were born. Visitors will be able to read the names, as they walk towards the monument. There are not enough bricks available or enough land to support the bricks. The people who buy the bricks may have a brick to keep to commemorate their child's life and may have a brick to be placed in the memorial.

A book, that will be constantly updated, will be a part of the memorial listing all the names, date of birth, date of disappearance and country of birth of missing children worldwide and the organizations to contact for information on each missing child. It will be an interactive memorial.
 
DESCRIPTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL MONUMENT TO MISSING CHILDREN

THE MONUMENT


The sculpture is a Carrara marble, monumental sculpture, to be enlarged from the life size version created by Nilda Comas. It will be the centerpiece for the memorial park. On one side, the baby's pose is like Rodin's 'Thinker', reminding us that we are born with the ability to think; on the other side, the baby is in the pose of Michelangelo's 'Night,' to make us think of the mystery of where we ame from, the unknown.

Nilda Comas chose to sculpt a baby for this project, since kidnapping starts at birth and at any age from thereon to adulthood. She wanted to convey the feeling of a parent, as in a parent's heart that his/her child will always be remembered as a baby with pure innocence.

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The baby is blindfolded, not knowing the truth of his origin, heritage; the blindfold also represents how children in some cases are kept in captivity without even knowing their real names. Sometimes children are blindfolded, when kidnapped. Moreover, the blindfold symbolizes the loss of natural parents, siblings and family. Lastly, the blindfold is a realization that each child does not know what his future may hold, as if blindfolded and waiting for justice.

On the sculpture's column, the 'tree of life' is carved to represent the critical truth. Even though, the missing children have been robbed of their identity, we are reminded of their heritage by the "Tree of Life."

The blanket on the column represents that we want to protect the baby. Moreover, the column symbolizes society and government. On the backside of the column, on one wall, there is a space to be used to project images of missing children with any information given about each child, date and place of birth and date and country of disappearance. These projections will include the images of those children who have been found during the last year. These will motivate the public to keep searching and that children can be found. The non-stopping, large images of missing children against the white Carrara marble, against "the stone of light," will bring a day and night vivid reality that is interactive and a sense of unity of humanity, and most of all, hope.
 

 THE INTERNATIONAL MONUMENT TO MISSING CHILDREN 


SYMBOLISM OF THE MEMORIAL PARK

  1. The flags of existing countries that form part of the Hague Convention agreement are on the bottom of the circular hill, unitedin the cause of missing children
  2. The 9 Cypress Trees are equal to etemal life to honor those missing children who may have lost their lives.
  3. The concavity represents the womb, mother earth.
  4. he small pool symbolizes unity and on its wall the names of missing children organizations that have supported this project.
  5. The moving water represents the continual search for the children all over the world
  6. The river stones coming from rivers from all over the world represent hope, and their egg shape form equals life.
  7. The book will serve as an interactive medium, where visitors may
  8. turn the pages to see the names of missing children internationally.

 
REQUEST FOR SUPPORT

Request for support of public art sculptures.It is with great enthusiasm that I request funding and a site to build an International Memorial Monument to Missing Children in South Florida. Central to the Memorial Park will be a sculpture monument in Carrara marble encapsulating this theme.

Each year thousands of children disappear or go missing due to violence, political action, criminal acts or family abductions. A child goes missing every 40 seconds in the U.S, over 2,100 per day, according to the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention. "In excess of 800,000 children are reported missing each year. Another 500,000 go missing without ever being reported ••• " In the world, children represent a large number of those who are missing.

When injustice cannot find a solution the need to find solace is increased. The poetic communication of sculpture has a way of lending its significance to our hearts and minds. Things of beauty benefit our consciousness and demonstrate a sense of calm for the soul. Monuments and sculptures allow the public to be more aware of significant events in time. In a sense they make people aware of what is not always entirely seen.

It is important to create a sacred place in honor of all the disappeared children, some of who may still be alive with their identity and heritage stolen. This place will be a healing ground where all who visit can keep alive the memory of their loved one and have a place to honor their lives and renew the needed energy to keep searching.

Sincerely,
Nilda Comas
The Legacy Art Studio
207 SW 5th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Tel. 954.527.5606
Fax. 954.462.5957
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THE INTERNATIONAL MONUMENT TO MISSING CHILDREN
SYMBOLISM OF THE MONUMENT


1.    The baby_representing innocence and that there are children
missing since birth.
2.    The pose of the baby_twofold representing that we are born with
the ability to think and to symbolize the mystery of where we came
from.
3.    The blindfold_a missing child's heritage is unknown to him, the
loss of natural parents and also each missing child has an unknown
future and an open case for justice.
4.    The Tree of Life_represents the critical truth to remind us of each
child's heritage by The Tree of Life
5.    The blanket_symbolizes our desire to protect innocence.
6.    The column_represents society and government, as the basis for
the protection of the individual.
7.    The projections_will relay not only missing children, but found
children within the last year, as a positive outcome offering hope.

<p>As an artist, I feel inspired to create a monument to educate the public about the violence and criminal acts, that are constantly happening all over the world against children.</p>
<p>My inspiration came after visiting Argentina, at the end of their Military Dictatorship, in the 1980s. Argentina is one of many governments, where atrocities against children have occurred.</p>
<p>An international monument dedicated to our missing children is necessary, so that we are made aware, that we must never be silent, since it is our responsibility to act against such atrocities and crimes.</p>
<p>Each of these children has a right for justice. Our children are our future. We must protect, respect and love them where there is life, there is hope, where there is hope, there is a future.</p>
<p>The public is made aware of what may not entirely be seen. When war may not end or injustice not find solution, monuments need to be created.</p>
<p>It is the poetic communication of monumental sculpture that has a way of leading its significance to our minds in order for us as a people to make a difference socially. To demonstrate what is social injustice, artists find a method thru their works to create monuments that change people's understanding about life.</p>
<p>Visitors to the international memorial monument for missing children will feel catharsis, the purifying relieving of emotions by art.</p>
<p>Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations has said, "Artists have a special task in the struggle for peace. Artists not only speak to people but speak for people. Art is a weapon against ignorance and hatred, and represents the human conscience. Art opens new doors to learning, to  understanding, to freedom and peace among people and nations."</p>
<p>Children are missing by brutal injustices. Criminals, terrorists, military dictatorships during war and in times of 'peace' are cause to such atrocities and crimes. An international monument dedicated to missing children has not been addressed.</p>
<p>Missing children are robbed of their identity, family and heritage. Natural born rights are stolen every day. Each child has a case for justice. An international monument commemorating the lives of these children is necessary. It is necessary to bring light to our consciousness that only a monument could provide. We must bring attention to the cause, the hope to find these children and the awareness of those who are missing.</p>
<p>An international memorial monument would inspire each individual to act discriminately against governments and violent people, who act criminally against children. Such an international memorial monument will create a place for people to visit as a healing place to honor the missing and to keep their memory alive, for victims' parents, families and for the world. An international memorial monument would serve as a unifying force for international missing children organizations, providing a central force for fund raising and public awareness.</p>
<p>Ultimately, there will always be a struggle between Democracy and Military Despotism. Unfortunately, children are involved in the struggle for freedom and solution. Violence will always exist, as the criminal conscious does. An international memorial monument would be a powerfully engaging force central to the cause and mission.</p>
<p>The international memorial monument to missing children would serve as a focal point for mourning 'I memorializing and honoring the missing, as well as a place for healing victim families. Such a monument would bring to the world the serious crisis of millions of missing children. This memorial monument could be a center for missing children organizations.</p>

 

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