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SWISS artist Hans Erni at the age of 100 unveiled one of his largest works on Saturday - a massive mural on the outside wall of the UN compound in Geneva.

The irrepressible Erni, who has long outlived artist friends such as Pablo Picasso, had to cover up some of the muscular nudes in his mural after concerns were expressed in Geneva that his original design might shock some viewers, UN spokeswoman Marie Heuze said.

Erni pointed out to Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey that the 60 meter mural on the outside wall of the UN's European headquarters features a line drawing of one of his favorite symbols, the dove of peace.

The mural - with a section on either side of the entrance to the UN park and buildings - also underscores the world organization as a uniting force for all races.

"This satisfies me completely," the artist said. "I want to prove that the inside and outside of the United Nations have become one and want our world to save itself through peace."

Erni, born in February 1909, remains an active artist in his hometown of Lucerne in central Switzerland.


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