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Restoration of banned "Fifer Man" cancelled

TEHRAN,Oct. 5 (Mehr News Agency) -- The Office for Visual Arts cancelled the restoration of the banned "Fifer Man", a statue that once had been installed in front of Tehran's City Theater Complex.

"The statue will be kept at the treasury of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA) and we have no plans for its restoration," office director and TMCA curator Mahmud Shaluii told the Persian service of MNA on Saturday.

"It will be kept at the place in its existing shape; perhaps it will be restored at some point in the future," he added.

According to former curator Habibollah Sadeqi, TMCA planned to restore the statue in order to reinstall the artwork at the yard of TMCA by the end of the Iranian calendar year -- March 20, 2009.

The 4-meter high statue was created by the prominent Iranian sculptor Bahman Mohasses in 1975 by order of the City Theater Complex director and was installed in front of the complex.

After the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, it was removed from the site because it was deemed as contrary to the revolution's criteria due to its unique shape.

"Fifer Man" was transferred into the Decoration Workshop of the complex and was forgotten until late November 2007, when it was discovered beneath the stage of the main hall of the complex with its hands and fife having been broken.

Afterwards, the artwork was moved to the TMCA to be restored by Mohasses.

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