A gift from the Iranian American Community, the Freedom Sculpture is truly a reflection of the values of tolerance, freedom, and appreciation of diversity July 4th, 2017
The Freedom Sculpture, a historic monument to diversity and inclusiveness, will be gifted to the City of Los Angeles on July 4th 2017 as a symbol of freedom and humanity for all. The monument will be installed in the heart of the city on Santa Monica Blvd and Century Park East as a permanent reminder of the humanitarian ideals enshrined by the Founding Fathers of the Constitution of the United States and inspired by the ideals of Cyrus the Great and the Cyrus Cylinder.
A public crowd-supported monument to cultural diversity and inclusiveness to be officially gifted to the City of Los Angeles, on July 4th, 2017.
Over the past 4 years, the Farhang Foundation, a non-political, non-religious, non-profit cultural organization, has commissioned, secured city authorization, and raised enough money to start fabrication of The Freedom Sculpture – Freedom, a Shared Dream. The sculpture is a permanent public monument celebrating individual freedoms, religious diversity and multicultural inclusiveness – the humanitarian ideals enshrined by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution of the United States.
Designed by award winning architect Cecil Balmond , the Freedom Sculpture is themed on the Cyrus Cylinder from 2,500 years ago, widely considered to be the first declaration of human rights, whereby Cyrus the Great Persian King acknowledged and granted these same humanitarian rights to all within his vast and culturally diverse empire.
Once built, the Freedom Sculpture will be officially gifted to the city of Los Angeles to stand as the ‘Statue of Liberty’ for the West Coast — a permanent iconic reminder that freedom, diversity and inclusiveness are the universally shared humanitarian values that have brought so much to America and are the pillars of this great nation.
Over 700,000 people (and 10,000 more every day) from more than 50 countries have supported this monumental creation, making the Freedom Sculpture the largest crowd-supported monumental gift in history.
More than $1.4 million has been raised so far.
The Freedom Sculpture stands at 16ft tall x 20ft long, weights over 20,000 pounds and is made of polished stainless steel in two tones, silver and gold.
The Freedom Sculpture will be permanently located at a major public transit median on historic Route 66 (on Santa Monica Blvd at Century Park East).
The Freedom Sculpture will be officially gifted to the City of Los Angeles in a free public celebration and unveiling ceremony, planned for July 4th, 2017.
The Freedom Sculpture will be a modern day “Statue of Liberty” for the West Coast — a positive symbol of multicultural unity around the universally shared humanitarian values that truly make America great.
The Freedom Sculpture will have over 1,000,000 people of all backgrounds, lifestyles and interests having supported it’s creation, so the Freedom Sculpture truly becomes a gift from the people and for all humanity.
The Freedom Sculpture’s costs will be covered through crowdfunding to get the additional $1,000,000 needed to cover all remaining costs.
Support The Freedom Sculpture:
All donors will get their names forever included as part of Freedom Sculpture’s permanent legacy on the Online Donors’ Wall at FreedomSculpture.org
This site address will appear on Freedom Sculpture as well as be linked from Wikipedia page about the project.
As PAAIA’s Communications Associate, Collin Wesley Boylin helps manage the implementation of social media and communications strategy, working to express PAAIA’s efforts to forward the interests of Iranian Americans. Mr. Boylin also monitors legislative and governmental affairs pertaining to Iranian American interests.
Specializing in American government, Mr. Boylin graduated from American University’s School of Public Affairs with a degree in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG). Mr. Boylin is a former Associate of Liberty Square Group’s, “The Blue Lab,” and was previously a Legislative Intern in the Office of Congressman John B. Larson (D-CT) in the U.S. House of Representatives.
He has professional experience working for nonprofit organizations, political campaigns, public offices, and consulting firms.
To contact Mr. Boylin, please email Collin@paaia.org.