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Sculptor making replica of statue stolen in Tehran

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Fatemeh Emdadian
photo by Syma Sayyah

Sculptor Fatemeh Emdadian, whose statue was among those taken in a series of thefts of bronze statues across the city of Tehran, is making a new copy of her stolen sculpture.

"I have no news of any leads or other promising developments in the case, but I believe the theft made people more sensitive and curious about the sculptures situated across the city," she told the Persian service of MNA.

"I have kept the mold of the sculpture and I am busy these days making another copy of it. The sculpture was named "Life", she said.

She noted that the serial thefts were surely a big shock for sculptors but it also had a positive impact on people, making them more aware of their surroundings.

"I took a trip to a town nearby some days ago and noticed how every individual is now concerned about the artworks installed in their town. This is a very good sign," she said.

Numerous bronze statues situated in local neighborhoods and parks in Tehran were reported missing over the past months. No official entity has taken charge of the case so far.

It is believed that most of the sculptures were heisted during the Noruz holidays from March 21 to April 2.

Tehran's Beautification Organization promised to replace the sculptures stolen from the urban environs of Tehran with new ones by the end of June, but there is still no news and no sign of any replacements.

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Fatemeh Emdadian is to me one of Iran's best sculptors, and it was a great pleasure to learn about and go to see her recent exhibition at the Hoor Art Gallery.  Fortunately the exhibition opening was on a Friday afternoon, and as I was sure it would become too busy later, we went there just after the opening hour at 4pm to make sure we could look leisurely at the wonderful works. -By
Syma Sayyah

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