Overview

Freedom Sculpture Night View RenderingThe Freedom Sculpture, is a “Statue of Liberty” for the West Coast -- It is an Iranian-American led, widely crowd-supported public monumental gift, inspired by the humanitarian ideals of freedom, respect for cultural diversity and inclusiveness that originated with Cyrus the Great of Persia 2,500 years ago and which have been enshrined in the U.S. Constitution for all by the Founding Fathers. The Freedom Sculpture was officially unveiled in a citywide celebration on July 4th, 2017. It will stand forever in the heart of Los Angeles, as a reminder of the universally shared values that truly make America great.

 

We did it

Freedom Sculpture Fireworks

On July 4th, 2017, the Freedom Sculpture was unveiled before a record crowd of over 75,000 people to music and fireworks. It will now stand forever in the heart of Los Angeles as a symbol for religious freedom, cultural diversity and inclusiveness -- attributes that Los Angeles embodies as a city, and that California Upholds as a State!

We’re proud that CA Governor Jerry Brown, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and 5th District Councilman Paul Koretz (along with all 15 LA City Councilmen) sent messages of unequivocal support for this soon-to-be national landmark and great symbol to our shared humanity!

But now the door is open and we need to seize on this opportunity that is before us to do much more.

 

--= NOW, LET’S DO MORE! =--

Crowdfunding Goal Extended by One Million Dollars!

Given the historic opportunity that we see before us, we’ve decided to continue with our record breaking crowd-fundraising efforts, by increasing our project goal by an additional million dollars, and we’ve already had a bunch of large donors jump in and take us a part of the way there!

These additional funds will allow us to pay for several important initiatives:

  • Cover additional costs due to the increased size and scope of the July 4th street closure, festival, security, fireworks and unveiling.
  • Fund an endowment to be able to augment City efforts to maintain the sculpture as needed
  • Prepare a museum quality website and archive that tells the important backstory of the Freedom Sculpture for generations to come.
  • Create 3D / AR / VR components to allow people from all over the world to experience the sculpture and to be inspired by the story of how humanity's noblest ideals travelled from Cyrus the Great to the Founding Fathers.
  • Create academic outreach to get more Institutional support for this important story
  • Do cultural outreach and coordinate educational efforts to mainstream the backstory of the Freedom Sculpture

As a reward for helping us continue to make history, our perks have been updated to give a new set of rewards for contributing! 

  • Add your name forever to the new permanent online donor’s wall.
  • Each donor at any level will get their own URL and shareable page that shows their contribution
  • An assortment of other amazing perks at every level

The last day of this campaign will be October 31st, 2017, after which time we will forever freeze the list of donors to this historic landmark. So, please give whatever you like to add your name or the name of your loved ones to this Freedom Sculpture’s permanent legacy. It’s not often that you get to be a part of history!! Click here to See Perks and to Make a Contribution at any Level.

Notable Supporters Title

Jeddy Brown

Jerry Brown | Governor of California

"The Freedom Sculpture is the ideal monument to represent what California embodies, a state which actively embraces and values diversity." Read Proclamation

Eric Garcetti

Eric Garcetti | Mayor of Los Angeles

"The Freedom Sculpture is a testament to the values we hold dear, and we are honored to receive it." 

Amthony Rendon

Anthony Rendon | Speaker of the Assembly

"I'm proud to have the Freedom Sculpture placed here in Los Angeles, and I sincerely thank the Iranian-American community for leading the diverse group of supporters who have come together to make this monument a reality." Read Full Letter

Elon Musk

Elon Musk | Tesla & Space X

"Freedom Sculpture is great!" 

Salar Kamangar

Salar Kamangar | YouTube & Google

"I'm excited to support the Freedm Sculpture because it reminds us that progress in areas like human rights builds on innovation from cultures before us." 

Lynda Resnick

Lynda Resnick | Pom & Fiji Water

"It is a noble cause and one that is so important to bringing people of all faiths together under the umbrella of freedom." 

Sir Michael Moritz

Sir Michael Moritz | Sequoia Capital

"What a great achievemnt! - Wonderful!" 

Firouz Naeri

Firouz Naderi | NASA

"I wanted to participate in saying thank you to America through the gift of the Freedom Sculpture since it evokes the ancient cylinder of Cyrus the Great which celebrates freedom of choice and inclusiveness." 

Sculpture Press

It took 4 years for the Farhang Foundation, a non-political, non-religious, non-profit Iranian-American cultural organization, to commission, secure city authorization and raise enough money build and install the Freedom Sculpture, a permanent iconic monument celebrating religious freedom, cultural diversity and inclusiveness -- the humanitarian ideals or Cyrus the Great that have been enshrined by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution of the United States.

With over a million supporters, from all across America and over 50 countries around the world, the Freedom Sculpture has become the most widely crowd-supported monumental gift in U.S. History.

It now stands like a “Statue of Liberty for the West Coast”, in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities, as a permanent symbolic reminder that freedom, inclusiveness and respect for diversity are the foundational values that truly make America great.

Until Nov 1st, 2017, every person who supports the Freedom Sculpture, no matter to what dollar amount will have their name added to the online supporters wall, and be forever listed as part of the permanent legacy of this soon-to-be national landmark.

Please join this global movement and donate to any amount to add your name or the name of your loved ones to the growing list of people who support the Freedom Sculpture and its timely message of hope!

The winning design of the Freedom Sculpture was created by renowned artist and architect Cecil Balmond. It is themed on the Cyrus Cylinder from 2,500 years ago, widely considered the first declaration of human rights, whereby Cyrus the Great Persian King originally granted individual and religious freedoms to all within his vast and culturally diverse empire.

The large-scale, modern-day sculptural interpretation of the Cyrus Cylinder is made of two finely crafted 100% stainless steel cylinders, one within the other. The interior cylinder is gold, and the outer element is silver - both interacting with each other in an exchange of strength and vulnerability. The two rings are linked internally to form a strong and robust structure.

The ring shapes are not solid, but appear to be moving lines of a script. The artist intended the sculpture to be viewed by speeding traffic, to give an illusion of movement from all angles – completely unbounded and kinetic in nature – a contemporary metaphor of the universal message of the Cyrus Cylinder traveling through time and space.

In the daytime, the sculpture will sparkle with natural sunlight, and at night, the gold interior cylinder is illuminated by LED lights. The experience for each viewer will be unique and change upon every visit as the artwork is not separate from its environment.

The sculpture is designed to be experienced anew each time by the anyone whether on foot or by car.

 

Cecil BalmondCecil Balmond OBE

Artist, Architect & Engineer, Balmond Studio

Cecil Balmond OBE, is widely considered to be one of the most significant creators of his generation. An internationally renowned artist, architect and engineer, Cecil transcends the conventional boundaries of discipline - working in the crossover between art and science. Before setting up Balmond Studio in 2011, Balmond was Deputy Chairman of Arup, and ran the critically acclaimed design group, AGU (Advanced Geometry Unit). His pioneering work with the AGU, and collaborations with internationally-renowned architects, brought Balmond's unique design philosophy to the global stage. He is the recipient of many awards including: Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture (2016) and Officer of the Order of the British Empire for Services to Architecture (2015). Cecil’s winning design was selected amongst over 300 worldwide entries for the Freedom Sculpture Design Competition.

The design of the Freedom Sculpture was inspired by the Cyrus Cylinder, an ancient artifact from 2,500 years ago, widely considered the first declaration of human rights. The Freedom Sculpture is evocative of this artifact with its design as an allusion to Cyrus the Great and his impact on the Founding Fathers of America.

Cyrus the Great was a direct inspiration to the Founding Fathers of America, who put his humanitarian ideals of individual freedoms, respect for other religions and multicultural inclusiveness into the core of the U.S. Constitution.

Thomas Jefferson’s Cyropaedia on display at Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Smithsonian’s Museum of Asian Art

 

Thomas Jefferson owned multiple copies of the Cyropaedia – a semi-biographical account of Cyrus the Great as the ideal leader, written by the great Greek historian Xenophon – which popularized his methods for humanitarian governance among the world's intellectuals and statesmen. One of Jefferson’s copies is said to have been heavily annotated, meaning that he was paying very close attention to it’s contents. John Adams, who also is said to have owned multiple copies, corresponded with his son about the Cyropaedia. And, Benjamin Franklin also had a copy in his library and was also known to be a fan. Finally, George Washington has been likened to a modern day version of Cyrus also owned a copy and was thus aware of the methods of this great ancient Persian ruler.

So, since at least four of the core Founding Fathers were documented fans of Cyrus the Great and his methods of governance, it is no wonder that, when they were drafting the U.S. Constitution, they incorporated many of Cyrus’ core principles of governance, like separation of church and state, the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly, into its core.

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Dimensions

15ft x 20ft x 9ft

4.6m x 6.1m x 2.75m

Weight

Weight

20,400 Lbs

9253 Kgs

Brick

Material

Water Jet Cut

Powder Coated

High Polish Stainless Steel

Cylinder Inspired the the Cyrus Cylinder from 2,500 years ago (538 B.C.), the Freedom Sculpture is composed of two concentric cylinders of symbolic mathematical script, with an outer cylinder of silver, protecting an inner secret of gold that is illuminated at night with LED lights which make it glow from within.
Line To echo the universal and timeless humanitarian values of Cyrus the Great, the symbolic script of the Freedom Sculpture is generated and regulated by the mysterious but immutable law of Prime numbers.
Prime Numbers Prime numbers have long been associated with universality and mysticism, because they occur both, at seemingly random intervals, and with surprising regularity.
Car The Freedom Sculpture will be installed at one of the busiest and most expensive locations in the world, with up to 100,000 cars driving by it on a daily basis, on the way to and from Beverly Hills, CA.
Paint Over 300 artists and architects participated in the open design competition that Cecil Balmond won for creating the Freedom Sculpture.
People  With over 1 million people from more than 50 countries supporting its creation by the time it is officially gifted, the Freedom Sculpture will be the most widely crowd-supported public monument ever gifted in U.S. History. (10x more supporters than the Statue of Liberty!)

 Freedom Sculpture Timeline

The Freedom Sculpture stands in the heart of Los Angeles, at one of the world’s most prestigious and highly trafficked locations in the city, in a public transport median on Santa Monica Blvd at the intersection of Century Park East at the gateway to Beverly Hills.

This location sees many thousands of cars drive by each day on the way to and from Beverly Hills. The awarding of such a prized location as the permanent home of the Freedom Sculpture is a testament to the power of its message for all humanity, the efforts of the Iranian-American community, as well as the tremendous support of City Councilman Paul Koretz and the rest of LA City Councilmen, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Speaker of the CA Assembly, Anthony Rendon, and CA Governor Jerry Brown, as well as many others in the City of Los Angeles.

"The Freedom Sculpture is the ideal monument to represent what California embodies, a state which actively embraces and values diversity."

Click to view Governor Jerry Brown's Proclamation of Support

 

Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political, and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 in Los Angeles, to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large.

 

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We did it

Freedom Sculpture Fireworks

On July 4th, 2017, the Freedom Sculpture was unveiled before a record crowd of over 75,000 people to music and fireworks. It will now stand forever in the heart of Los Angeles as a symbol for religious freedom, cultural diversity and inclusiveness -- attributes that Los Angeles embodies as a city, and that California Upholds as a State!

We’re proud that CA Governor Jerry Brown, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and 5th District Councilman Paul Koretz (along with all 15 LA City Councilmen) sent messages of unequivocal support for this soon-to-be national landmark and great symbol to our shared humanity!

But now the door is open and we need to seize on this opportunity that is before us to do much more.

 

--= NOW, LET’S DO MORE! =--

Crowdfunding Goal Extended by One Million Dollars!

Given the historic opportunity that we see before us, we’ve decided to continue with our record breaking crowd-fundraising efforts, by increasing our project goal by an additional million dollars, and we’ve already had a bunch of large donors jump in and take us a part of the way there!

These additional funds will allow us to pay for several important initiatives:

  • Cover additional costs due to the increased size and scope of the July 4th street closure, festival, security, fireworks and unveiling.
  • Fund an endowment to be able to augment City efforts to maintain the sculpture as needed
  • Prepare a museum quality website and archive that tells the important backstory of the Freedom Sculpture for generations to come.
  • Create 3D / AR / VR components to allow people from all over the world to experience the sculpture and to be inspired by the story of how humanity's noblest ideals travelled from Cyrus the Great to the Founding Fathers.
  • Create academic outreach to get more Institutional support for this important story
  • Do cultural outreach and coordinate educational efforts to mainstream the backstory of the Freedom Sculpture

As a reward for helping us continue to make history, our perks have been updated to give a new set of rewards for contributing! 

  • Add your name forever to the new permanent online donor’s wall.
  • Each donor at any level will get their own URL and shareable page that shows their contribution
  • An assortment of other amazing perks at every level

The last day of this campaign will be October 31st, 2017, after which time we will forever freeze the list of donors to this historic landmark. So, please give whatever you like to add your name or the name of your loved ones to this Freedom Sculpture’s permanent legacy. It’s not often that you get to be a part of history!! Click here to See Perks and to Make a Contribution at any Level.

Notable Supporters Title

Jeddy Brown

Jerry Brown | Governor of California

"The Freedom Sculpture is the ideal monument to represent what California embodies, a state which actively embraces and values diversity." Read Proclamation

Eric Garcetti

Eric Garcetti | Mayor of Los Angeles

"The Freedom Sculpture is a testament to the values we hold dear, and we are honored to receive it." 

Amthony Rendon

Anthony Rendon | Speaker of the Assembly

"I'm proud to have the Freedom Sculpture placed here in Los Angeles, and I sincerely thank the Iranian-American community for leading the diverse group of supporters who have come together to make this monument a reality." Read Full Letter

Elon Musk

Elon Musk | Tesla & Space X

"Freedom Sculpture is great!" 

Salar Kamangar

Salar Kamangar | YouTube & Google

"I'm excited to support the Freedm Sculpture because it reminds us that progress in areas like human rights builds on innovation from cultures before us." 

Lynda Resnick

Lynda Resnick | Pom & Fiji Water

"It is a noble cause and one that is so important to bringing people of all faiths together under the umbrella of freedom." 

Sir Michael Moritz

Sir Michael Moritz | Sequoia Capital

"What a great achievemnt! - Wonderful!" 

Firouz Naeri

Firouz Naderi | NASA

"I wanted to participate in saying thank you to America through the gift of the Freedom Sculpture since it evokes the ancient cylinder of Cyrus the Great which celebrates freedom of choice and inclusiveness." 

Sculpture Press

It took 4 years for the Farhang Foundation, a non-political, non-religious, non-profit Iranian-American cultural organization, to commission, secure city authorization and raise enough money build and install the Freedom Sculpture, a permanent iconic monument celebrating religious freedom, cultural diversity and inclusiveness -- the humanitarian ideals or Cyrus the Great that have been enshrined by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution of the United States.

With over a million supporters, from all across America and over 50 countries around the world, the Freedom Sculpture has become the most widely crowd-supported monumental gift in U.S. History.

It now stands like a “Statue of Liberty for the West Coast”, in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities, as a permanent symbolic reminder that freedom, inclusiveness and respect for diversity are the foundational values that truly make America great.

Until Nov 1st, 2017, every person who supports the Freedom Sculpture, no matter to what dollar amount will have their name added to the online supporters wall, and be forever listed as part of the permanent legacy of this soon-to-be national landmark.

Please join this global movement and donate to any amount to add your name or the name of your loved ones to the growing list of people who support the Freedom Sculpture and its timely message of hope!

The winning design of the Freedom Sculpture was created by renowned artist and architect Cecil Balmond. It is themed on the Cyrus Cylinder from 2,500 years ago, widely considered the first declaration of human rights, whereby Cyrus the Great Persian King originally granted individual and religious freedoms to all within his vast and culturally diverse empire.

The large-scale, modern-day sculptural interpretation of the Cyrus Cylinder is made of two finely crafted 100% stainless steel cylinders, one within the other. The interior cylinder is gold, and the outer element is silver - both interacting with each other in an exchange of strength and vulnerability. The two rings are linked internally to form a strong and robust structure.

The ring shapes are not solid, but appear to be moving lines of a script. The artist intended the sculpture to be viewed by speeding traffic, to give an illusion of movement from all angles – completely unbounded and kinetic in nature – a contemporary metaphor of the universal message of the Cyrus Cylinder traveling through time and space.

In the daytime, the sculpture will sparkle with natural sunlight, and at night, the gold interior cylinder is illuminated by LED lights. The experience for each viewer will be unique and change upon every visit as the artwork is not separate from its environment.

The sculpture is designed to be experienced anew each time by the anyone whether on foot or by car.

 

Cecil BalmondCecil Balmond OBE

Artist, Architect & Engineer, Balmond Studio

Cecil Balmond OBE, is widely considered to be one of the most significant creators of his generation. An internationally renowned artist, architect and engineer, Cecil transcends the conventional boundaries of discipline - working in the crossover between art and science. Before setting up Balmond Studio in 2011, Balmond was Deputy Chairman of Arup, and ran the critically acclaimed design group, AGU (Advanced Geometry Unit). His pioneering work with the AGU, and collaborations with internationally-renowned architects, brought Balmond's unique design philosophy to the global stage. He is the recipient of many awards including: Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture (2016) and Officer of the Order of the British Empire for Services to Architecture (2015). Cecil’s winning design was selected amongst over 300 worldwide entries for the Freedom Sculpture Design Competition.

The design of the Freedom Sculpture was inspired by the Cyrus Cylinder, an ancient artifact from 2,500 years ago, widely considered the first declaration of human rights. The Freedom Sculpture is evocative of this artifact with its design as an allusion to Cyrus the Great and his impact on the Founding Fathers of America.

Cyrus the Great was a direct inspiration to the Founding Fathers of America, who put his humanitarian ideals of individual freedoms, respect for other religions and multicultural inclusiveness into the core of the U.S. Constitution.

Thomas Jefferson’s Cyropaedia on display at Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Smithsonian’s Museum of Asian Art

 

Thomas Jefferson owned multiple copies of the Cyropaedia – a semi-biographical account of Cyrus the Great as the ideal leader, written by the great Greek historian Xenophon – which popularized his methods for humanitarian governance among the world's intellectuals and statesmen. One of Jefferson’s copies is said to have been heavily annotated, meaning that he was paying very close attention to it’s contents. John Adams, who also is said to have owned multiple copies, corresponded with his son about the Cyropaedia. And, Benjamin Franklin also had a copy in his library and was also known to be a fan. Finally, George Washington has been likened to a modern day version of Cyrus also owned a copy and was thus aware of the methods of this great ancient Persian ruler.

So, since at least four of the core Founding Fathers were documented fans of Cyrus the Great and his methods of governance, it is no wonder that, when they were drafting the U.S. Constitution, they incorporated many of Cyrus’ core principles of governance, like separation of church and state, the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly, into its core.

Ruler

Dimensions

15ft x 20ft x 9ft

4.6m x 6.1m x 2.75m

Weight

Weight

20,400 Lbs

9253 Kgs

Brick

Material

Water Jet Cut

Powder Coated

High Polish Stainless Steel

Cylinder Inspired the the Cyrus Cylinder from 2,500 years ago (538 B.C.), the Freedom Sculpture is composed of two concentric cylinders of symbolic mathematical script, with an outer cylinder of silver, protecting an inner secret of gold that is illuminated at night with LED lights which make it glow from within.
Line To echo the universal and timeless humanitarian values of Cyrus the Great, the symbolic script of the Freedom Sculpture is generated and regulated by the mysterious but immutable law of Prime numbers.
Prime Numbers Prime numbers have long been associated with universality and mysticism, because they occur both, at seemingly random intervals, and with surprising regularity.
Car The Freedom Sculpture will be installed at one of the busiest and most expensive locations in the world, with up to 100,000 cars driving by it on a daily basis, on the way to and from Beverly Hills, CA.
Paint Over 300 artists and architects participated in the open design competition that Cecil Balmond won for creating the Freedom Sculpture.
People  With over 1 million people from more than 50 countries supporting its creation by the time it is officially gifted, the Freedom Sculpture will be the most widely crowd-supported public monument ever gifted in U.S. History. (10x more supporters than the Statue of Liberty!)

 Freedom Sculpture Timeline

The Freedom Sculpture stands in the heart of Los Angeles, at one of the world’s most prestigious and highly trafficked locations in the city, in a public transport median on Santa Monica Blvd at the intersection of Century Park East at the gateway to Beverly Hills.

This location sees many thousands of cars drive by each day on the way to and from Beverly Hills. The awarding of such a prized location as the permanent home of the Freedom Sculpture is a testament to the power of its message for all humanity, the efforts of the Iranian-American community, as well as the tremendous support of City Councilman Paul Koretz and the rest of LA City Councilmen, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Speaker of the CA Assembly, Anthony Rendon, and CA Governor Jerry Brown, as well as many others in the City of Los Angeles.

"The Freedom Sculpture is the ideal monument to represent what California embodies, a state which actively embraces and values diversity."

Click to view Governor Jerry Brown's Proclamation of Support

 

Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political, and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 in Los Angeles, to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large.

 

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