North gate of the Way of Human
Way of Human Rights ( ) is a monumental outdoor
sculpture in Nuremberg, Germany.
Straße der Menschenrechte von NW
was opened on October 24, 1993. It is sited on the street between the new and
old buildings of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, connecting Kornmarkt street and the medieval
In 1988, a twelve-person jury from the Germanisches Nationalmuseum
held a design competition to decide on the artistic design of the
Kartäusergasse street in Nuremberg. The winner was a proposal by
Israeli artist Dani Karavan
of a gate, 27 round pillar
made of white
concrete, two pillars buried in the ground showing only a round
plate, and one columnar oak
, for a total of 30
pillars. Engraved in each pillar is one article of the Universal Declaration of
in German and another language. The pillars are 8
meters in height, 80 centimeters in diameter, and spaced regularly
at 5 meters along an axis. The north gate mirrors the medieval city
gate located at the south end of the street.
The site of project has a layered history, including the remnants
of a monastery, the medieval city wall, buildings designed by
in the 1950s and 1960s, and a
glass-enclosed entrance designed by the firm ME DI UM in
This sculpture is part of Nuremberg's efforts to shake off its
reputation as the "City of the
Party Rallies" and reinvent itself as a "City of Peace and Human
Rights". In 2001, Nuremberg was honored for this attempt at
transformation with the UNESCO Prize for Human
, the Way of Human Rights
specifically cited. The monument is intended as both a repudiation
of past crimes and a permanent reminder that human rights are still
regularly violated. Nuremberg's prize for human rights, the
International Human Rights Award
, is awarded on the site every
- Ursula Peters: Dani Karavan: Weg der Menschenrechte,
in: Ursula Peters: Moderne Zeiten. Die Sammlung zum
20. Jahrhundert, in Zusammenarbeit mit Andrea Legde,
Nürnberg 2000 (Kulturgeschichtliche Spaziergänge im
Germanischen Nationalmuseum, Bd.3), S.274-281.
- The inscriptions as summarized by Karavan on the columns
accessed 1 May 2007.
- Information about the project from http://www.danikaravan.com/
accessed 1 May 2007.
- http://www.gnm.de/architektur.html accessed 4 May 2007.
accessed 4 May 2007.
- Award ceremony address by Koïchiro Matsuura
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0012/001224/122419E.pdf 21 April