The Arch of the freedom

IN MEMORY OF GENERAL MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE
HERO OF TWO WORLDS
BORN CHAVANIAC ON 6 SEPTEMBER 1757
To be in harmony with This place of meditation , This arch was designed as a window of light, an open door on the landscape , a new world. In both solemn and welcoming and it met WASHINGTON and LA FAYETTE as they were by their friendship . Two persons out of the ordinary loving the same ideal :

FREEDOM

These two personalities have always maintained through texts the ideas for which they built ( drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America , Declaration of Human Rights and the Citizen ) , each piece of the Ark , left for Washington and right for Lafayette, is engraved with a calligraphy style manuscript in reference to two figures commemorated:

Yorktown, Independence of the United States, Mount Vernon, Virginia, Freedom.

Adrienne, Bill of Rights…, “men are born free and equal…”, “Chavaniac is for me a temple which meets sacred objects in my heart”, Abolition of slavery, Hermione, La Victoire, New World, Freedom.

THE MONUMENT WAS UNVEILED ON 6 SEPTEMBER 2007 , OCCASION OF THE 250th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF MOTTIER GILBERT DE LA FAYETTE BY :

Bernard KOUCHNER
French Minister of Foreign Affairs and European

His Excellency Mr. Craig Roberts STAPLETON
Ambassador of the United States of America in France

Gerard ROCHE
President of the General Council of Haute-Loire

Ms. Helena MANSOT
Mayor of Chavaniac-Lafayette

The ark is covered with ceramic tiles cooked at very high temperature and covered with enamel « blue Sevres » . The tiles have a side telluric recalling the presence of volcanoes in our Region.

This sculpture is the work of Marc SIMON & Arlette , Ceramic Carvers