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Freedom Sculpture Night View RenderingThe Freedom Sculpture, will be a “Statue of Liberty” for the West Coast -- A crowd-supported public monument that will be gifted to stand in the heart of Los Angeles.  It is inspired by the humanitarian ideals of freedom, respect for cultural diversity and inclusiveness that originated with Cyrus the Great of Persia 2,500 years ago and which have been enshrined in the U.S. Constitution for all by the Founding Fathers. The Freedom Sculpture will be officially unveiled in a citywide celebration on July 4th, 2017. It will stand from that day on as a reminder of the universally shared values that truly make America great.

Over the past 4 years, Farhang Foundation, a non-political, non-religious, non-profit cultural organization, has commissioned, secured city authorization and raised enough money to start fabrication of The Freedom Sculpture, a permanent iconic monument celebrating individual freedom, multicultural inclusiveness and religious diversity -- the humanitarian ideals enshrined by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution of the United States.

The Freedom Sculpture will stand like a “Statue of Liberty for the West Coast”, in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities, as a permanent symbolic reminder that freedom, inclusiveness and respect for diversity are the foundational values that truly make America great.

Each person who supports the Freedom Sculpture, no matter to what dollar amount will have their name added to the online supporters wall, and be forever listed with the growing chorus of people who believe that love of diversity, inclusiveness and harmonious coexistence with each other are what America is all about.

To date over 700,000 people from around the world have supported the building of the Freedom Sculpture through its website and community page on Facebook.  However, by July 4th launch, we hope to have over a million supporters, so we make the Freedom Sculpture becomes the largest crowd-supported monumental gift in history!

So, with just a few months left until unveiling, we need your help!  Please donate to any amount to add your name to the eternal legacy of the project, or share and spread the word to your friends!

The winning design of the Freedom Sculpture was created by renowned artist and architect Cecil Balmond. It is themed on the Cyrus Cylinder from 2,500 years ago, widely considered the first declaration of human rights, whereby Cyrus the Great Persian King originally granted individual and religious freedoms, along with a variety of other hitherto unheard of human rights to all within his vast and culturally diverse empire.

The large-scale, modern-day sculptural interpretation of the Cyrus Cylinder is made of two finely crafted 100% stainless steel cylinders, one within the other. The interior cylinder is gold, and the outer element is silver - both interacting with each other in an exchange of strength and vulnerability. The two rings are linked internally to form a strong and robust structure. 

The ring shapes are not solid, but appear to be moving lines of a script. The artist intended the sculpture to be viewed by speeding traffic, to give an illusion of movement from all angles – completely unbounded and kinetic in nature – a contemporary metaphor of the universal message of the Cyrus Cylinder traveling through time and space. 

In the daytime, the sculpture will sparkle with natural sunlight, and at night, the gold interior cylinder is illuminated by LED lights. The experience for each viewer will be unique and change upon every visit as the artwork is not separate from its environment.

The sculpture is designed to be experienced anew each time by the anyone whether on foot or by car.

 

Cecil BalmondCecil Balmond OBE

Artist, Architect & Engineer, Balmond Studio

Cecil Balmond OBE, is widely considered to be one of the most significant creators of his generation. An internationally renowned artist, architect and engineer, Cecil transcends the conventional boundaries of discipline - working in the crossover between art and science. Before setting up Balmond Studio in 2011, Balmond was Deputy Chairman of Arup, and ran the critically acclaimed design group, AGU (Advanced Geometry Unit). His pioneering work with the AGU, and collaborations with internationally-renowned architects, brought Balmond's unique design philosophy to the global stage. He is the recipient of many awards including: Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture (2016) and Officer of the Order of the British Empire for Services to Architecture (2015). Cecil’s winning design was selected amongst over 300 worldwide entries for the Freedom Sculpture Design Competition.

Cyrus the Great was a direct inspiration to the Founding Fathers of America, who put his humanitarian ideals of individual freedoms, respect for other religions and multicultural inclusiveness into the core of the U.S. Constitution.

Thomas Jefferson’s Cyropaedia on display at Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Smithsonian’s Museum of Asian Art

 

Thomas Jefferson owned multiple copies of the Cyropaedia – a semi-biographical account of Cyrus the Great as the ideal leader, written by the great Greek historian Xenophon – which popularized his methods for humanitarian governance among the world's intellectuals and statesmen. One of Jefferson’s copies is said to have been heavily annotated, meaning that he was paying very close attention to it’s contents. John Adams, who also is said to have owned multiple copies, corresponded with his son about the Cyropaedia. And, Benjamin Franklin also had a copy in his library and was also known to be a fan. Finally, George Washington has been likened to a modern day version of Cyrus also owned a copy and was thus aware of the methods of this great ancient Persian ruler.

So, since at least four of the core Founding Fathers were documented fans of Cyrus the Great and his methods of governance, it is no wonder that, when they were drafting the U.S. Constitution, they incorporated many of Cyrus’ core principles of governance, like separation of church and state, the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly, into its core.

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Dimensions

15ft x 20ft x 9ft

4.6m x 6.1m x 2.75m

Weight

Weight

20,400 Lbs

9253 Kgs

Brick

Material

Water Jet Cut

Power Coated

High Polish Stainless Steel

Cylinder Inspired the the Cyrus Cylinder from 2,500 years ago (538 B.C.), the Freedom Sculpture is composed of two concentric cylinders of symbolic mathematical script, with an outer cylinder of silver, protecting an inner secret of gold that is illuminated at night with LED lights which make it glow from within.
Line To echo the universal and timeless humanitarian values of Cyrus the Great, the symbolic script of the Freedom Sculpture is generated and regulated by the mysterious but immutable law of Prime numbers.
Prime Numbers Prime numbers have long been associated with universality and mysticism, because they occur both, at seemingly random intervals, and with surprising regularity.
Car The Freedom Sculpture will be installed at one of the busiest and most expensive locations in the world, with up to 100,000 cars driving by it on a daily basis, on the way to and from Beverly Hills, CA.
Paint Over 300 artists and architects participated in the open design competition that Cecil Balmond won for creating the Freedom Sculpture.
People  With over 1 million people from more than 50 countries supporting its creation by the time it is officially gifted, the Freedom Sculpture will be the most widely crowd-supported public monument ever gifted in U.S. History. (10x more supporters than the Statue of Liberty!)

 

 Once built, the Freedom Sculpture will stand in the heart of Los Angeles, at one of the world’s most prestigious and highly trafficked locations in the city, in a public transport median on Santa Monica Blvd at the intersection of Century Park East.

This location sees up to 100,000 cars drive by each day on the way to and from Beverly Hills, CA. The awarding of such a prized location for the Freedom Sculpture by the city of Los Angeles is a testament to the power of its message for all humanity, the efforts of the Iranian-American community, as well as the tremendous support of City Councilman David Koretz and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.

See Councilman David Koretz statement about the Freedom Sculpture at Los Angeles City Hall

Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political, and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 in Los Angeles, to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large.

 

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Over the past 4 years, Farhang Foundation, a non-political, non-religious, non-profit cultural organization, has commissioned, secured city authorization and raised enough money to start fabrication of The Freedom Sculpture, a permanent iconic monument celebrating individual freedom, multicultural inclusiveness and religious diversity -- the humanitarian ideals enshrined by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution of the United States.

The Freedom Sculpture will stand like a “Statue of Liberty for the West Coast”, in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities, as a permanent symbolic reminder that freedom, inclusiveness and respect for diversity are the foundational values that truly make America great.

Each person who supports the Freedom Sculpture, no matter to what dollar amount will have their name added to the online supporters wall, and be forever listed with the growing chorus of people who believe that love of diversity, inclusiveness and harmonious coexistence with each other are what America is all about.

To date over 700,000 people from around the world have supported the building of the Freedom Sculpture through its website and community page on Facebook.  However, by July 4th launch, we hope to have over a million supporters, so we make the Freedom Sculpture becomes the largest crowd-supported monumental gift in history!

So, with just a few months left until unveiling, we need your help!  Please donate to any amount to add your name to the eternal legacy of the project, or share and spread the word to your friends!

The winning design of the Freedom Sculpture was created by renowned artist and architect Cecil Balmond. It is themed on the Cyrus Cylinder from 2,500 years ago, widely considered the first declaration of human rights, whereby Cyrus the Great Persian King originally granted individual and religious freedoms, along with a variety of other hitherto unheard of human rights to all within his vast and culturally diverse empire.

The large-scale, modern-day sculptural interpretation of the Cyrus Cylinder is made of two finely crafted 100% stainless steel cylinders, one within the other. The interior cylinder is gold, and the outer element is silver - both interacting with each other in an exchange of strength and vulnerability. The two rings are linked internally to form a strong and robust structure. 

The ring shapes are not solid, but appear to be moving lines of a script. The artist intended the sculpture to be viewed by speeding traffic, to give an illusion of movement from all angles – completely unbounded and kinetic in nature – a contemporary metaphor of the universal message of the Cyrus Cylinder traveling through time and space. 

In the daytime, the sculpture will sparkle with natural sunlight, and at night, the gold interior cylinder is illuminated by LED lights. The experience for each viewer will be unique and change upon every visit as the artwork is not separate from its environment.

The sculpture is designed to be experienced anew each time by the anyone whether on foot or by car.

 

Cecil BalmondCecil Balmond OBE

Artist, Architect & Engineer, Balmond Studio

Cecil Balmond OBE, is widely considered to be one of the most significant creators of his generation. An internationally renowned artist, architect and engineer, Cecil transcends the conventional boundaries of discipline - working in the crossover between art and science. Before setting up Balmond Studio in 2011, Balmond was Deputy Chairman of Arup, and ran the critically acclaimed design group, AGU (Advanced Geometry Unit). His pioneering work with the AGU, and collaborations with internationally-renowned architects, brought Balmond's unique design philosophy to the global stage. He is the recipient of many awards including: Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture (2016) and Officer of the Order of the British Empire for Services to Architecture (2015). Cecil’s winning design was selected amongst over 300 worldwide entries for the Freedom Sculpture Design Competition.

Cyrus the Great was a direct inspiration to the Founding Fathers of America, who put his humanitarian ideals of individual freedoms, respect for other religions and multicultural inclusiveness into the core of the U.S. Constitution.

Thomas Jefferson’s Cyropaedia on display at Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Smithsonian’s Museum of Asian Art

 

Thomas Jefferson owned multiple copies of the Cyropaedia – a semi-biographical account of Cyrus the Great as the ideal leader, written by the great Greek historian Xenophon – which popularized his methods for humanitarian governance among the world's intellectuals and statesmen. One of Jefferson’s copies is said to have been heavily annotated, meaning that he was paying very close attention to it’s contents. John Adams, who also is said to have owned multiple copies, corresponded with his son about the Cyropaedia. And, Benjamin Franklin also had a copy in his library and was also known to be a fan. Finally, George Washington has been likened to a modern day version of Cyrus also owned a copy and was thus aware of the methods of this great ancient Persian ruler.

So, since at least four of the core Founding Fathers were documented fans of Cyrus the Great and his methods of governance, it is no wonder that, when they were drafting the U.S. Constitution, they incorporated many of Cyrus’ core principles of governance, like separation of church and state, the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly, into its core.

Ruler

Dimensions

15ft x 20ft x 9ft

4.6m x 6.1m x 2.75m

Weight

Weight

20,400 Lbs

9253 Kgs

Brick

Material

Water Jet Cut

Power Coated

High Polish Stainless Steel

Cylinder Inspired the the Cyrus Cylinder from 2,500 years ago (538 B.C.), the Freedom Sculpture is composed of two concentric cylinders of symbolic mathematical script, with an outer cylinder of silver, protecting an inner secret of gold that is illuminated at night with LED lights which make it glow from within.
Line To echo the universal and timeless humanitarian values of Cyrus the Great, the symbolic script of the Freedom Sculpture is generated and regulated by the mysterious but immutable law of Prime numbers.
Prime Numbers Prime numbers have long been associated with universality and mysticism, because they occur both, at seemingly random intervals, and with surprising regularity.
Car The Freedom Sculpture will be installed at one of the busiest and most expensive locations in the world, with up to 100,000 cars driving by it on a daily basis, on the way to and from Beverly Hills, CA.
Paint Over 300 artists and architects participated in the open design competition that Cecil Balmond won for creating the Freedom Sculpture.
People  With over 1 million people from more than 50 countries supporting its creation by the time it is officially gifted, the Freedom Sculpture will be the most widely crowd-supported public monument ever gifted in U.S. History. (10x more supporters than the Statue of Liberty!)

 

 Once built, the Freedom Sculpture will stand in the heart of Los Angeles, at one of the world’s most prestigious and highly trafficked locations in the city, in a public transport median on Santa Monica Blvd at the intersection of Century Park East.

This location sees up to 100,000 cars drive by each day on the way to and from Beverly Hills, CA. The awarding of such a prized location for the Freedom Sculpture by the city of Los Angeles is a testament to the power of its message for all humanity, the efforts of the Iranian-American community, as well as the tremendous support of City Councilman David Koretz and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.

See Councilman David Koretz statement about the Freedom Sculpture at Los Angeles City Hall

Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political, and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 in Los Angeles, to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large.

 

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