Gifts from past, future
World leaders attending the G8 summit were each presented with a gift from the past and one for the future yesterday.
Handmade books portraying works by Neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova, as well as gold coins representing an imaginary future world currency were given to the participants at the opening of the three-day summit.
There are 10 copies of the book, commissioned by Berlusconi from the Bologna-based art publishing house Fondazione Marilena Ferrari, each with a personalized dedication for the leader who receives it.
The 71-cm by 44.5-cm Canova books were crafted at no cost by 23 Italian craftsmen using traditional techniques, the publishing house said. Each weighs 24 kg .
The coins, made by Belgian Luc Luycx, who designed one side of the Euro coins, are called "eurodollars," in a symbolic call for a common currency to unite Europe and the United States .
They have a value of 2,800 euros ($3,900) and were produced by the United Future World Currency, a group pushing the idea of a global currency.
AP - Reuters
(China Daily 07/09/2009 page12)