LYON, France – A sculpture by the late actor Anthony Quinn has been unveiled at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon. The bronze work of art, entitled ‘Mercedes Woman’ and created by the Mexican-American actor in 1991, has been lent to the world police body by the Anthony Quinn Foundation.
Paying tribute to Anthony Quinn at the unveiling of the sculpture, Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said that the work of art was ‘both inspiring and fitting to the work of INTERPOL’ in its message of universality and unbounded versatility, paying no heed to linguistic, cultural, or religious differences.
The President of the Anthony Quinn Foundation, Katherine Quinn, said she was ‘proud to have the sculpture in such a global environment’ since her late husband had been ‘a global citizen’, as she outlined the role of the arts, education and creative thinking in bringing cultures together. In attendance was Benjamin Bergenholtz, Executive Director of Anthony Quinn Foundation, Foundation Board Members Erich G. Rhynhart and Sandra van den Broek, and Foundation friends.
‘Mercedes Woman’ was stolen in December 2006 but recovered by Rhode Island police within a fortnight.