Overview of Freedom-A Shared Dream

In March of 2014 Farhang Foundation launched an international urban art competition seeking submissions from professional artists for a site-specific artwork to commemorate the ideals of Cyrus the Great. The competition followed the immensely successful exhibition of the Cyrus Cylinder at the Getty Villa, which marked the first time this important ancient artifact, often referred to as the first universal declaration of human rights, was put on display in Los Angeles.

The competition resulted in over 300 submissions. The winning design was provided by Mr. Mr. Cecil Balmond, world renowned artist, architect and engineer, and recent recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture 2016.

Once completed Freedom-A Shared Dream will be gifted on behalf of all Iranian-Americans to the City of Los Angeles, as a symbol of humanity and freedom for all mankind.

Farhang Foundation is securing the City Permits, location, and plans for this historic monument to be erected right in the heart of the city in an incredibly busy and prominent location in Century City. 


Winning Design by Cecil Balmond

Cecil Balmond

Cecil Balmond OBE is widely considered to be one of the most significant creators of his generation. An internationally renowned artist, architect and engineer, Balmond is known for making the impossible possible on some of the world’s most stunning design projects.

Pioneering the crossover between advanced art, architecture and science, his approach is one of investigation and draws on over 40 years of research into emergent form, space and structure. A leader in architectural and design theory, Cecil Balmond currently holds the Paul Philippe Cret Chair at Penn Design as Professor of Architecture.

Balmond is the winning artist for the Star of Caledonia, an iconic sculpture to mark the border crossing between Scotland and England. His sculpture Snow Words, commissioned by the State of Alaska Arts Council, was named one of the best public artworks of 2012 by the Americans for the Arts, Public Art Network Year in Review. Current art projects include commissions for the Chicago Transit Authority and landmark sculptures for the Mesa Art Center, Arizona and Iowa City Pedestrian Mall, Iowa City, USA.

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