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Sculpture “Pez-Peste”








Reducing mercury pollution worldwide is a critical collective responsibility






        Artist: Nicolas Garcia Uriburu


Ms. Lillian Corra of the International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE), as a member of the health sector and civil society groups, has presented a sculpture to the intergovernmental negotiating committee and its parties symbolizing the irreversible consequences of mercury contamination and the important responsibility that Governments have in reaching an effective agreement to reduce and eliminate mercury emissions in the environment.  Reducing mercury pollution worldwide is a critical collective responsibility of all sectors. Mercury is widely recognized as a toxic chemical of global concern. Mercury pollution is widespread in the environment, allowing exposure during conception and producing permanent damage to the nervous system during developmental stages. Mercury causes a range of other adverse effects on human health, particularly among vulnerable populations, and on wildlife.


The sculpture, entitled “Pez-Peste”, was specially created and donated by the Argentinean artist Nicolas Garcia Uriburu.  Mr. Uriburu is an internationally recognized Argentinean visual artist and pioneer in landscape art who addresses ecological concerns through his creations. His work has been exhibited at major museums and galleries and has received many awards, such as First Prize in Argentinean National Paintings (1968), the Prix Lefranc (Paris, 1968), First Prize at the Tokyo Biennial (1975), and a Career Recognition award from the Argentinean National Art Fund (2000). Since his Colouration of the Grand Canal during the Venice Biennial (1968), his large scale interventions in nature have attempted to raise awareness about pollution in rivers and seas.  A video was shown during the presentation of the sculpture to the committee on 24 January 2011, detailing Mr. Uriburu’s career.


The Chair of the intergovernmental negotiating committee, Mr. Fernando Lugris of Uruguay, accepted the sculpture on behalf of the committee and expressed thanks for the gesture. The sculpture is the symbol for the Convention and has followed the committee throughout the negotiation process. 



INC Chair Fernando Lugris (Uruguay)