A program to preserve the valuable architecture in the Parliament complex


A preliminary discussion to initiate a program to preserve the valuable architecture in the Parliament complex was held in Parliament recently (27) under the patronage of Speaker Hon. Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena. Representatives of several institutions participated in the initial discussion related to this program to be implemented according to a proposal made by Parliament of Sri Lanka.

Due to the cultural symbolism, landscaping and surroundings, historical context, and national identity of the valuable architectural structures in the Parliament complex, the need to preserve them for future generations was emphasized at the meeting.

The program is intended to protect them as a cultural symbol for future generations, to protect their copyright while giving due recognition to the creators, and to preserve the structures of architectural and artistic values without allowing them to be destroyed.

Representatives from Ministry of Buddhasasana Religious and Cultural Affairs, Department of Cultural Affairs, Department of National Archives, Department of National Museums, Central Cultural Fund, Department of Archeology, National Council of Arts, Department of Government Information, Ena de Silva Trust Fund, Geoffrey Bawa Trust Fund, National Crafts Council, Sri Lanka Handicrafts Board and University of Visual and Performing Arts participated in this discussion.

Accordingly, the Parliament Building, the Mace, the Silver Door, the Copper Door, the Lion Gate, the Bar of the House, 18 Brass Flags, Cluster Lamps, the Ceiling of the chamber, the Ceiling in front of the Copper door, 18 Ceremonial Flags, Line Arts, the Wooden Mural at the Members Entrance, Murals in staff entrance, Paintings in the guest lobby, Paintings of the private dining room of Hon. Members, Portrait Gallery at Second Floor, photo gallery and other important photos/images at ground floor and Antiques in the showroom are Proposed for the conservation.

The group agreed to the proposal made by the speaker to prepare a proposal that includes short-term, medium-term and long-term solutions for the preservation of the architecture in the Parliament complex and to conduct proper condition assessment on the related architecture and set up several committees separately.

Accordingly, it was decided to meet again on December 12 to discuss the entire proposal and future program.

Minister of Transport and Highways and Mass Media Hon. Bandula Gunawardena, State Minister for Small and Medium Enterprise Development Hon. Prasanna Ranaweera, Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary General of Parliament Mr. Chaminda Kularatne, Serjeant-at-Arms Mr. Narendra Fernando were present at the meeting.