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Iranian embassy in Paris throws away prize-winning sculpture

TEHRAN, Oct. 9 (Mehr News Agency) -- Officials at the Iranian Embassy in France have put the broken pieces of Kambiz Sharif's award-winning sculpture out with the rubbish. "The Growth" (Ruyesh) sculpture was awarded the grand prize at the third Tehran Contemporary Sculpture Biennial in 2002.

The sculpture had been erected at the Iranian Embassy in Paris in 2003. It had been transferred to Paris from Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art at the request of former ambassador, Sadeq Kharazi.

Sharif told ISNA that he had recently been informed that the sculpture had broken into pieces a year ago and had been removed from the venue as garbage.

Although the sculpture had been donated to the embassy, it had been stipulated that measures be taken to protect the artwork, he added.

Sharif remarked that he is surprised how employees working in Paris, which he considers to be the cradle of global art, could be capable of such a botch.

Sharif has been informed by a contact in the Iranian embassy that the employees (who are resident in the capital of the art world!) don't value art and artworks.

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