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Sua eta argia Plazan. (Place of Fire and Light: Place of peacemakers) installation
2001/01/01
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Introduction

On 26 April Plaza de los Fueros was transformed into a Fire and light plaza ( William Kelly), in a work of art/installation with a central flame and 1,000 candles emitting light.

The design of the shape of the candles was related to a traditional Basque symbol designating the sun. This creates a link to ancient Basque roots and the future of the people of Gernika (Bakezaleen lekua), Place of peacemakers.

Unlike the events of 26 April 1937, at dusk on 26 April 2001, the lights shining out in the darkness of the night leading to another day, the central flame commemorated all the lives lost (children and adults) in all wars and acts of violence, and each candle commemorated those who died in wars and the bombing of Gernika in particular.

The candle-lighting ceremony by the survivors of the bombing, the people of Gernika-Lumo, the local authorities, visitors (twin towns), children and adults became a ceremony of remembrance, peace and reconciliation".

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