To be in harmony with This place of meditation , This arch was designed as a window of light, an open door on the landscape , a new world. In both solemn and welcoming and it met WASHINGTON and LA FAYETTE as they were by their friendship . Two persons out of the ordinary loving the same ideal :
These two personalities have always maintained through texts the ideas for which they built ( drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America , Declaration of Human Rights and the Citizen ) , each piece of the Ark , left for Washington and right for Lafayette, is engraved with a calligraphy style manuscript in reference to two figures commemorated:
Yorktown, Independence of the United States, Mount Vernon, Virginia, Freedom.
Adrienne, Bill of Rights…, “men are born free and equal…”, “Chavaniac is for me a temple which meets sacred objects in my heart”, Abolition of slavery, Hermione, La Victoire, New World, Freedom.
THE MONUMENT WAS UNVEILED ON 6 SEPTEMBER 2007 , OCCASION OF THE 250th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF MOTTIER GILBERT DE LA FAYETTE BY :
French Minister of Foreign Affairs and European
His Excellency Mr. Craig Roberts STAPLETON
Ambassador of the United States of America in France
President of the General Council of Haute-Loire
Ms. Helena MANSOT
Mayor of Chavaniac-Lafayette
The ark is covered with ceramic tiles cooked at very high temperature and covered with enamel « blue Sevres » . The tiles have a side telluric recalling the presence of volcanoes in our Region.
This sculpture is the work of Marc SIMON & Arlette , Ceramic Carvers