Prime Minister J.Erdenebat, Ulaanbaatar City Council Chairman Ts.Sandui and Ulaanbaatar Mayor S.Batbold unveiled the Tengeriin Urkh (Apex of the Sky), a statue to commemorate the successful organization of the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM11) in Mongolia, in Sukhbaatar Square on December 28, 2016.
“The Apex of the Sky was created in commemoration of the historic events that took place in 2016, which marked the 55th anniversary of Mongolia’s entry to the United Nations and 105th anniversary of the victory of the National Liberation Movement and the restoration of our nation’s freedom and independence. It is also dedicated to the successful organization of ASEM in Mongolia for the first time. ASEM is a special event that countries can host once every century,” Prime Minister J.Erdenebat stated during the unveiling ceremony.
“I’m happy to present the Apex of the Sky, which holds a big aspiration to raise public awareness about Mongolia’s foreign relations achievements and continuity of the state policy, as well as to strengthen the reputation of our nation.”
The giant blue globe-shaped statue supported by tree branches was designed by Mongolian artist A.Chadraabal, a Mongolian Arts Council award winner. Signatures of the state heads of 53 countries that participated in ASEM11 were embossed and carved on the front of the statue. The back of the statue depicts a view of the sky through toono, the opening and upper frame on top of a ger. The Apex of the Sky statue looks like an eye from the top and brain from its sides.
The Ulaanbaatar City Council decided to build a statue dedicated for ASEM11 on October 17, 2016 and passed A/32 Order.
“The Apex of the Sky statue will improve the facade of the capital. Mongolia successfully organized ASEM11 in July 2016. The Ulaanbaatar City Council gave permission to build the statue and place it in Sukhbaatar Square following requests from organizations to establish something to commemorate ASEM11,” noted Chairman Ts.Sandui.