A Zipper is an edge joining device. It consists of parallel rows of metal, plastic or nylon “teeth”, also referred to as elements, placed on the adjacent edges of an opening. These opposing rows of elements are meshed together by a slider.
In the context of the “Rapprochement of Cultures” the zipper is used as a joining mechanism. The slider represents the method based on three main principles (dialogue, mutual understanding and cooperation) on witch cultures can interact. The elements symbolize cultures that although seem incohesive, are adjoined and interlinkable. The slider acts as a catalyst and brings cultures together, in order to assure social cohesion and harmonious coexistence that are necessary for the progress of humankind.