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Sadighi's iconic sculptures deteriorating

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Carrara Marble, Height: 185 cm, 1975
Laleh Park - Tehran

Fereidun Sadighi, the son of great sculptor Abolhassan Khan Sadighi has warned of the dangers his father's sculptures are facing.

Tehran's statues of Ferdowsi and Khayyam are in danger, facing serious damage from exposure by remaining outdoors, he told the Persian service of Fars.

Created by Abolhassan Sadighi, Ferdowsi's statue is situated in Ferdowsi Square and Khayyam's statue is set up in Tehran's Laleh Park.

"Tehran Municipality's Beautification Organization had promised to transfer the two statues to a museum in order to avoid further damage, and replace them with other statues made in the same form, but there has been no serious action to date," he added.


Ferdowsi's statue is situated in Ferdowsi Square
"The statue of Khayyam in Laleh Park is in critical situation. It shows numerous cracks, some of which I have temporarily restored. But it remains in danger.

"The sculpture of Nader Shah in Naderi Mausoleum of Mashhad also needs to be restored," he remarked.

The 14-ton sculpture features Nader Shah Afshar and three soldiers clad in different Persian costumes accompanying the king, as symbol of solidarity among the Iranian nation.

Sadighi said that at one time, officials announced they allocated a special budget for restoration, including pathology of the masterpiece and removing the segments, but beyond that, nothing new has developed.
He also added that the sculpture of Amir Kabir in Tehran's Dar-ul-Fonun School also faces the same fate.
"I am not optimistic about restoration of any of these artworks and as a gesture of objection to the neglect by officials, I am planning not to do any sculptures this year," he concluded.
Fereidun Sadighi created a sculpture installed at Asadabadi Square. He also made Kamalolmolk Sculpture for Tehran's City Theater Complex.
Abolhassan Sadighi was born in 1894 in Tehran. He was intensely interested in painting and left school to study art in Kamalolmolk's school.  He showed great interest in sculpture at a time when there was no master of sculpture in the country. Kamalolmolk was astonished upon seeing Sadighi's first statues and dedicated a workshop to him in his school. Sadighi familiarized himself with the theories of sculpture through a book Kamalolmolk had brought to Iran.
Sadighi created many statues of great Iranian luminaries and also made some great artwork during his time in Italy.  In 1991, the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO decided to take photos of Sadighi's statues and published a book of his creations three years later.
Sadighi passed away in 1995, one year after his book was published.

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