Source: Farhang Foundation
LOS ANGELES, CA, May 1, 2014 - It is with great excitement that Farhang Foundation announces Freedom: A Shared Dream. This momentous art competition commissioned by Farhang aims to create a historic piece of public art that celebrates the ideals of cultural freedom and religious tolerance that were central to the legacy of Cyrus the Great, Persian King from 2,500 years ago, and were shared by the Founding Fathers of the United States. Once completed, this artwork will be gifted to the city of Los Angeles on behalf of the Iranian American community.
The competition is open to professional artists, designers and architects from around the globe who wish to create a monument to humanity. The finished landmark will be permanently installed in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.
Freedom: A Shared Dream a monumental project was inspired by a historic exhibition titled The Cyrus Cylinder & Ancient Persia: A New Beginning that took place in 2013. For the first time in history, the Cyrus Cylinder traveled to 5 major U.S. cities. Inscribed on the orders of Cyrus the Great, the Cyrus Cylinder is considered to be one of the most significant artifacts of the ancient world and has been referred to as the first universal declaration of human rights. Farhang Foundation was proud to have been the sole financial and community sponsor of the tour's final stop, Los Angeles.
"Farhang Foundation was honored to be a part of this unprecedented exhibition and to work closely with the Getty Museum to ensure that thousands upon thousands of Angelenos had the rare chance to glimpse the legacy of Cyrus in person," said Shazad Ghanbari, Farhang Foundation Trustee and Competition Juror. "Now, through this exciting and historic competition, a permanent landmark will emerge to be installed in our beautiful city as an ongoing and permanent testament to the humanitarian ideals of Cyrus the Great, that inspired the Founding Fathers of this great nation."
The final project should reflect the concepts of freedom and religious diversity, further a sense of spirit and unity, and resonate with people of all ages and backgrounds. This competition is open to experienced professional public art artists including sculptors or other visual art professionals, experienced with the design and implementation of public art projects, as well as the management of installation costs. For project rules and guidelines, visit the official competition page here.
The artist selection process will consist of five jurors, including curators from the most prestigious museums of Los Angeles, and will involve a three-phase process. In Phase One, artists will be selected based on their qualifications. In Phase Two, qualified artists will be invited to submit proposals and sketches outlining their vision. In Phase Three, five to seven finalists will be invited to develop detailed proposals.
The competition timeline will be as follows:
May 1, 2014 -- Artist Qualification Application - Phase One
August 1, 2014 -- Phase One Deadline
September 1, 2014 -- Narrative & Sketches - Phase Two
October 27, 2014 -- Phase Two Deadline
November 24, 2014 -- Proposal Submission - Phase Three
January 19, 2015 -- Phase Three Deadline
March 21, 2015 -- Winner AnnouncementSeptember, 2015 -- Installation of Freedom: A Shared Dream
For more information and official rules of Freedom: A Shared Dream, visit
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 www.farhang.org.
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