Spirit of Audrey

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Place Category: Memorial & StatuePlace Tags: NYC Places and Places in NY

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    The Spirit of Audrey is a statue honoring Audrey Hepburn’s dedication, work, and contribution as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF from 1988 until she died in 1993. Hepburn traveled more than 50 times to Africa, Asia, and Central and South America to visiting famine-stricken areas raising awareness for children in need. In 1992 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her activism work. Hepburn (1929-1993) was an award-winning, legendary actress for several decades.
    The 7-foot bronze sculpture stands at the UNICEF headquarters in NYC. It depicts two abstract figures of a woman and a child looking at each other holding hands while the woman’s other hand hags the child.
    It was created by John Kennedy, commissioned, and donated to UNICEF by her partner, Robert Wolders. The dedication ceremony happened on May 7, 2002, the eve of the three days world summit, the United Nations Special Session on Children. Hundreds of guests attended, among them was the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan. From Robert Wolders speech – “Audrey personified the spirit of UNICEF, and we hope those who see this statue will be inspired by her efforts on behalf of children.”
    A copy of this sculpture stands at the grounds of the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock, England.

    Audrey Hepburn Interview - 1988

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    Address: James P. Grant Plaza at the UNICEF headquarters 3 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017
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