Mother and Child
The statue is a tribute to peace, at the commemoration of the sculpture the President of Italy, Francesco Cossiga, said the statue "signified a glorification of life and consequently, of peace." Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, in accepting the gift said: It represents love, beauty and hope for future generations.
The artist was commissioned in 1987 to sculpt the bronze statue, his work being carried out under the auspices of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Association of Italian Bankers, the Federation of Italian Industries and the Institute for Industrial Reconstruction. Giacomo Manzu was born 22 December 1908 in Bergamo, Italy - died in Rome 17 January 1991. He was considered to be among the best known Italian sculptors of the 20th century.