The UA celebrates the International Women's Day with the unveiling of the sculpture "Armonia" and the public reading of a Manifesto
Alicante, 7th March 2012
The sculpture "Armonia" will preside over the University of Alicante's Square for Gender Equality from tomorrow, Thursday, 8th March, the day chosen by the UA for its official opening to mark the International Women's Day.
The inauguration will take place at 12 noon, in the Square for Gender Equality (opposite the Main Library) and it will be part of the traditional observance of the International Women's Day, in which the whole university community participates and, especially, the governing board, the Office of the Vice President for Institutional Relations, the Unit for Gender Equality, the Women's Studies Centre and the Students' Representative Council.
The Office of the Vice President for Institutional Relations opened a public call last year 2011 to choose a public sculpture for the Square for Gender Equality and the jury appointed to that effect, decided unanimously to award the prize to the work "Armonía", by the author from Jaen José Ángel Merino López, who lives in France now.
This is a five-metre high work and two metres in diameter made in cortex with a rust finish. The author of the work explains what his aesthetic conception is in shaping "Armonía" and states that "they are two equal figures that wrap and complement each other, they dance, approach each other, equal, in an upward movement".
Aránzazu Calzada, Vice President for Institutional Relations and a jury member, notes "the creative conception of the work and, indeed, its harmony". Similarly, the Vice President has expressed her satisfaction that "the University of Alicante can have a tribute to Gender Equality presiding over the Square and, moreover, be a permanent and visible witness of the values of our university". The Vice President also ensures that "the University should take a leading role in the processes of human development, by exploring and putting into practice new strategies aimead at building a more egalitarian and participatory society".
After the public presentation of Armonia, the university community shall give the public reading of a manifesto whose content has been agreed by the Network of Units on Gender Equality for the University Excellence, which is composed of 33 Spanish public universities.
But the celebration of the anniversary will last beyond 8th March with an extensive activities programme which began on 1st March and includes, talks, lectures and screenings, debates, exhibitions, theatre and workshops.