The Second Urban Sculpture Biennial opened here at Tehran's Barg Gallery on Monday displaying over 170 works by 151 sculptors.
The opening ceremony began with the tribute the participants paid to the recently-deceased sculptor Hamidollah Rezaii. Rezaii was a member of the board of selection in the first edition of the biennial. He died of pulmonary disease last week at the age of 59.
Tribute to Hamidollah Rezaii
Secretary of the event Mojtaba Musavi next gave a brief speech about the gala and said that over 800 works by 300 sculptors were submitted to the secretariat of the biennial.
Veteran sculptor Behruz Darash talked about the importance of the sense of sight and said, "today sight is the primary sense among our five senses with which we communicate with the world.
"Most of us are living in large cities and encounter many signs in our daily lives which affect our visual sense.
"People in each city have different characteristics because of differences in their urban environment, this gives urban artwork great importance and high value," he said.
"Some urban signs are symbols of that city, for example Eiffel Tower is a symbol of Paris and without the tower the city would collapse. Similarly, no one can imagine Isfahan without Naqsh-e Jahan Square or Mashhad without the Imam Reza Holy Shrine.
"Thousands of people see an urban sculpture daily while the circulation of a book could be only 3000 copies. This shows the greater influence of urban artwork on the citizens of a particular city," he remarked.
Darash added that good artworks can be created only when people, officials and
the artists assume their respective appropriate responsibilities.
"This biennial is arranged with the aim of bringing innovation and creating imagination. We have tried to choose works of art with a variety of innovations," he concluded
The gallery is located at No.13 Jamali St., off Vafamanesh Ave., in Heravi Square.
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