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Oxford Inscriptions: Bonn Square


Bonn Square bronze

 

 

BONN SQUARE

Inaugurated October 1974
in honour of the twinning of
OXFORD and BONN
by the Lord Mayor of Oxford
Cllr Olive Gibbs and
the Mayor of Bonn

[Logo/coat-of-arms
of Oxford and Bonn]

Re-opened May 2009
by the Lord Mayor of Oxford
Cllr Mary Clarkson and
the Bezirksbürgermeister of Bonn
Helmut Kollig

 

 

This bronze plaque is fixed to the side of 1 New Inn Hall Street and was unveiled on 22 May 2009.

 

 

It replaced the stone below, which stood in Bonn Square from 1974 to 2008, but was moved to Cutteslowe Park when Bonn Square was opened up and paved over.

Bonn Square

 

BONN SQUARE

THE LORD MAYOR OF THE CITY OF OXFORD
COUNCILLOR MRS OLIVE GIBBS
AND THE CHAIRMAN OF
THE BONN CITY DISTRICT COUNCIL
HERR STADTVERORDNETER REINER SCHREIBER
NAMED THIS SQUARE ON 5 OCTOBER 1974

A sculpture in bronze by Diana Bell (below) was presented to Oxford by the City of Bonn and was also unveiled on 22 May 2009. It shows two piles of books: some of the spines of the taller pile have KNOWLEDGE, TRUST, FRIENDSHIP, UNDERSTANDING engraved on them, while the smaller pile has the German equivalents: WISSEN, VERTRAUEN, FREÜNDSCHAFT, VERSTANDIGUNG. It was unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Oxford Mary Clarkson and Bezirksbürgermeister of Bonn Helmut Kollig on 23 May 2009

Books sculpture

Lord Mayor in Bonn Square

The Peace Plaque below, on the wall of New Road Baptist Church, was unveiled by Bruce Kent on UN Peace Day, 21 September 2010.

Peace plaque

 

 

 

PEACE

[Then the same word in
Arabic / Hebrew / Sanskrit]

TO HONOUR
THOSE WHO
SEEK ANOTHER
PATH IN PLACE
OF VIOLENCE
AND WAR

2010

 

 

 

Fuller history
of Bonn Square

Stephanie Jenkins, 2013