Sadighi's iconic sculptures deteriorating
Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran
Khayyam: Carrara Marble, Height: 185
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
"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
"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
Fereidun Sadighi created a
sculpture installed at Asadabadi Square. He also made Kamalolmolk Sculpture
for Tehran's City Theater Complex.
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
Sadighi passed away in 1995,
one year after his book was published.
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