The "Anything to say?” sculpture moved from Germany to the United Nations building in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday. It is “a life size bronze sculpture, portraying three figures each one standing on a chair. The fourth chair is empty because it is our chair,” according to the installation’s website.
Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, the website says, “had the courage to say no to the intrusion of global surveillance and to lies that lead to war. Both loved and hated, they chose to loose the comfort zone of their lives to tell the truth.”
Charles Glass, the author, journalist and broadcaster who inspired Davide Dormino’s artwork explains: “Thanks to Assange, Snowden and Manning, you know the limits of freedom. You know you are spied on every hour of every day. You know how governments kill and torture alleged enemies. Chelsea Manning is serving 35 years in an American federal prison. Julian Assange has been confined in England for four years ... Edward Snowden is trapped in Moscow. We will honor their courage by erecting a monument, designed by Italian sculptor Davide Dormino.”
Glass continues, "Most statues in public spaces commemorate warriors. The Dormino statue pays homage to three who said no to war, to the lies that lead to war and to the intrusion into private life that helps to perpetuate war. Manning, Assange and Snowden accepted their loss of freedom. While you remain free, thank them by erecting this reminder that we can refuse to collaborate with unaccountable power.”