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JAS Spain Transports Sculpture Set for the United Nations 77th Anniversary Ceremony

Renowned Spanish Artist Relies on JAS Spain’s Expertise to Safely Transport Sculpture Set

By
Ricardo Molinero
November 1, 2022
Left to right : Cristóbal Gabarrón (the artist) Rupert Cefai (Curator of the exhibition), Owen Bonnici (Minister of Culture of the Republic of Malta), Ian Borg (Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malta), Clayton Bartolo (Minister of Tourism of Malta), Carlo Micallef (Director of Malta tourism Autorithy) Daniel Azzopardi (Ambassador of Malta in Spain) José M. Muriel (Ambassador of Spain in Malta), Christopher Cutajar (Permanent Secretary for Foreign, European Affairs & Trade ) and Cris Gabarrón (President of the Gabarron Foundation).
Left to right : Cristóbal Gabarrón (the artist) Rupert Cefai (Curator of the exhibition), Owen Bonnici (Minister of Culture of the Republic of Malta), Ian Borg (Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malta), Clayton Bartolo (Minister of Tourism of Malta), Carlo Micallef (Director of Malta tourism Autorithy) Daniel Azzopardi (Ambassador of Malta in Spain) José M. Muriel (Ambassador of Spain in Malta), Christopher Cutajar (Permanent Secretary for Foreign, European Affairs & Trade ) and Cris Gabarrón (President of the Gabarron Foundation).

JAS Spain recently had the opportunity to partner once again with renowned Spanish artist Cristobal Gabarrón in moving the sculpture set Enlightened Universe on time and in perfect shape for its central role in celebrating the United Nations 77th Anniversary in Valletta, Malta.

The sculpture set was sent under tight delivery deadlines from Spain to Malta via sea. It was then delivered to St. George's Square (Pjazza San Gorg) in the heart of Valletta, Malta. The sculpture was then mounted and exhibited. Those attending the opening ceremony included Owen Bonnici, Malta Minister of Culture; Ian Borg, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Clayton Bartolo, Minister of Tourism; and the artist himself, Mr. Cristobal Gabarrón.

Enlightened Universe, an interactive sculpture, was originally created by Gabarrón in 2015 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. The stainless-steel sculpture is made up of a 20-foot sphere surrounded by a spiral of 70 life-size figures holding hands. In total, the sculpture weighs 24 tons, and the up to 6’5” figures represent the world’s diversity and together honor the United Nations’ core values.

About JAS Spain

JAS Spain, headquartered in Madrid, was founded in 2010.Currently, it is one of the most dynamic logistics companies in the country, specializing in freight forwarding and supply chain solutions.

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