Several new sculptures has been set up across the city of Tehran during Noruz, adding more color to the polluted and smoky Iranian capital.
Colorful butterflies, green cedars, and stone horses are situated here and there in the parks and highways to give a brief rest to the eyes of passersby if only for a second.
"Dance of the Butterflies" is the name of an iron sculpture set up on Hemmat Highway by sculptor Firuzeh Ashkbus. The butterfly's wings stretch over two meters in various directions giving the image of a bright spring day.
Situated in front of Pardisan Park on Hemmat Highway, is a 3.30m high sculpture named "Window and Butterflies" created by Fariba Farqdani.
"The window is inspired by windows of apartments where pollution and smoke are reflected, but the colorful butterflies try to take people out of their small dark living spaces into the beautiful and clean nature outside through the windows," says Farqdani.
The 5m "Role of Cedars" by Sahand Hesamian welcomes spring on Azadegan Highway. Hesamian believes cedars enjoy a special place in Persian culture.
"Childhood Dream" by Hossein Tak-Zare reflects childhood memoirs of pretending to play among the moon and stars.
The stone "Horses" by Hossein Davarinejad are lolling in the grass on Hemmat Highway where they give drivers a chance to experience a restful feeling for a second.
"Book and Child" by Narges Rahimzadeh, "Butterflies" by Shahruz Sadri, "Lighthouse" by Zahra Zarifian, "Flight" by Hashem Shafiei, and "Butterfly and Ladder" by Hashem Javidzadeh are among other works situated in every corner of the city.
Setting up statues across the city adds soothing pleasure to sightseeing even if only for a moment. This is while last year, Tehran experienced the grief of having several of its bronze statues stolen one after another within several months.
Bronze busts of Iranian luminaries and several other sculptures situated in local neighborhoods and parks in Tehran vanished over several months.
The statues were presumably stolen for the scrap value of the metal used in making them, Tehran Municipality Statue Office director Mojtaba Musavi had said earlier.
However, some analysts believe that there are political and ideological reasons behind the disappearance of the statues.
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