Death of Neda "the Angel of Iran" inspires celebrated American sculptor
A finely detailed portrait bust of Neda will be
presented at a massive rally in front of San Francisco City Hall on July 25th.
San Francisco City Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and Mayor Gavin Newsom will host
the event--20,000 expected to attend.
San Francisco, Calfornia - Master sculptor, Paula Slater, was shocked by
the graphic video of the shooting death of Neda, a lovely young Iranian woman.
The brutal death recorded on a cell phone video in Iran was played on news
stations around the world and widely circulated on the internet. Neda was shot
in the heart by a suspected Iranian government sniper while she was on her way
to an election protest. When Ms. Slater learned the Iranian government had
banned Neda's family from holding a memorial service, she set to work sculpting
a life size portrait to memorialize Neda. The sculptor says her schedule was
packed with important commissions to complete, but she was so saddened by the
tragic events in Iran that she needed to turn the pain she felt into art before
she could proceed with her other sculpting projects. (Photo of clay bust
presently being cast in bronze at
Life size clay portrait bust of Neda, presently being cast in bronze.
The finely detailed portrait bust of Neda Agha-Soltan--who has been dubbed
"The Angel of Iran", 'The Angel of Freedom"--will be presented at a massive
rally in front of San Francisco City Hall on Saturday, July 25th. San Francisco
City Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will host
the event and Slater has been asked to speak about her inspiration for the
sculpture. More than 20,000 people are expected to turn out to show support for
the Iranian peoples' cry for greater freedom and Democracy in Iran. July 25th
Global Day of Action for Human Rights in Iran planned by www.United4Iran.com
will take place in more than 50 major cities around the world.
The Northern California sculptor says, "The Iranian government might be able to
ban a memorial service for Neda in Iran, but they cannot stop us from holding
one here. We can all gather for events and memorial services being held
internationally for this Angel of Freedom and for those countless others who
have been threatened, beaten, the more than two thousand Iranians who have been
imprisoned or have disappeared, and the nineteen others who have been
senselessly murdered for questioning the recent election results in Iran. The
world should never forget their sacrifice."
"Neda was a person full of joy," said her music teacher Hamid Panahi. "She was a
beam of light." Neda was a philosophy student, an accomplished singer and was
passionate about music and travel. She was also studying to be a tour guide and
had traveled with friends to Dubai, Turkey and Thailand. Neda was engaged to be
married. Slater says, "When I read these descriptions of Neda I was drawn to
sculpt her portrait, to help to keep her memory alive."
Slater has been winning large Public Art commissions but wanted to donate her
time and talents to immortalize Neda's image in bronze. Recently completed
commissions by this prolific sculptor include a monumental Abraham Lincoln
bronze for Springfield, Kentucky, a multi-figure Veterans Memorial for Altoona,
Pennsylvania, and a bronze Miner for the Port Huron Mining Memorial in Michigan.
Next on her sculpting schedule is the Steven Stayner Missing Children's
Memorial for Merced, California and the heroic sized Military Handlers and
Working Dogs National Monument for installation in the Washington, D.C.
metropolitan area. Slater is also renown for her elegantly sculpted bronze
portraits of Congressmen, Senators and leaders of industry.
About: Paula Slater Sculpture is owned and
operated by Paula B. Slater. Slater is a professional fine art sculptor who
specializes in finely detailed, realistic bronze portraits and figurative work.
She has been awarded many prestigious private and public art commissions.
Paula B. Slater, M.A.
PAULA SLATER SCULPTURE
Hidden Valley Lake, CA
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