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Following Dag Hammarskjöld’s death, the Staff of the United Nations set up a Committee and a Foundation to provide a “living memorial” to the late Secretary-General. The headquarters of the Foundation was established in Stockholm.
The Committee invited artist Marc Chagall to contribute a piece of his work to the memory of Dag Hammarskjöld and to all those who had lost their lives in the cause of peace. It was decided that the monument would be a free-standing piece of stained glass.
The memorial, which is about 15 feet wide and 12 feet high, contains several symbols of peace and love, such as the young child in the center being kissed by an angelic face which emerges from a mass of flowers. On the left, below and above, motherhood and the people who are struggling for peace are depicted.