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Finalists Announced for 'Freedom: A Shared Dream' Competition

Source: Farhang Foundation

LOS ANGELES, December 16, 2014 - Farhang Foundation is pleased to announce that five finalists have been selected for Freedom: A Shared Dream, an international urban art competition inspired by Cyrus the Great, who ruled the ancient Persian Empire 2,600 years ago and championed the principles of religious diversity and personal freedom for all. 

The contest which began in May 2014, drew over 300 submissions, many from professional artists and architects. Of those, 150 applicants were invited to participate in the second phase by submitting ideas, sketches, and a narrative of their proposed plan. Of these, five finalists have been selected by Farhang's a highly regarded panel of jurors,Kamran Diba (Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art - Founder and Architect); Shazad Ghanbari (Farhang Foundation Trustee and Competition Chair);
Linda Komaroff (Los Angeles County Museum of Art); Scott Jay Schaefer (Century City Chamber of Commerce Art Council and The J. Paul Getty Museum); and Bennett Simpson (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles). 

The finalists for Freedom: A Shared Dream (listed in alphabetical order) are: Cecil BalmondNousha EmamiBrad GoldbergMajid Haghighi, and Owen Morrel.

"After much deliberation we're excited to have been able to narrow our search to five talented individuals," said Roshi Rahnama, Chair of Farhang's Fine Arts Council. "The enthusiastic global reception of Freedom: A Shared Dream is a testament to the universal and enduring principles that Cyrus the Great stood for during his time and continues to embody to this day. We are grateful to our jury for their thoughtful deliberations and wish our finalists the best of luck in the next phase of this competition." 
The five finalists will each receive a $5,000 award upon receipt of their detailed proposal and models of their concept for the third phase. Of these, one winner will be selected. The winning proposal will be announced on March 22, 2015 and be given the full commission for fabrication and installation of the permanent urban artwork, not to exceed $300,000. Once completed, the final piece will be gifted by Farhang Foundation to the city of Los Angeles on behalf of the Iranian American community, and will be permanently installed in a prominent public location in Los Angeles.

Freedom: A Shared Dream urban art competition was announced to the public following the immensely successful exhibition of the Cyrus Cylinder at the Getty Villa which marked the first time this important ancient artifact, often referred to as the first universal declaration of human rights, was put on display in Los Angeles. 
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About Farhang Foundation
Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports a broad range of academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports diverse cultural programs such as the celebration of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, film screenings and poetry reading in Southern California. And, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions, Farhang Foundation funds major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. However, the content, viewpoints or biases expressed by individual artists, academics, institutions or events supported by the foundation belong solely to each individual party and do not necessarily reflect the views of Farhang Foundation. For more info visit

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