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The Public Sculptures

Narjes Naderinezhad | Iran

At the End of Hashemieh St. Mashhad, Iran.

Public sculptures or public art are figures in which the intrinsic features of volume and geometric shapes are used. These types of structures are based on the concepts, traditions, cultures, identity and history of the city. Public sculptures in modern cities are inseparable parts of their visual features which manifest the transition in various historical periods.

 

Public sculptures or public art are figures in which the intrinsic features of volume and geometric shapes are used. These types of structures are based on the concepts, traditions, cultures, identity and history of the city. Public sculptures in modern cities are inseparable parts of their visual features which manifest the transition in various historical periods.

These days, sculptures, within the cities of Iran, function as museums, monuments, and so on. Authorities now seek to develop a new essence in the sculptures and to acquire new historical identity through the use of these symbols. In recent years, the municipality has started installing sculptures in the city at the beginning of the new year. However, they remove them by the end of spring because of changing events, occasions, special days or as a result of wear and tear of sculptures. Due to the variety of events during a year and short-term use of public sculptures, Low-quality materials are used in their structure. There is a paradox between the sculptures made by municipality and their use; the sculptures are nostalgic and at the same time they connect people with a fantasied and unrealistic history. Such nostalgic sculptures degenerate and represent a substantially unrealistic past that is thought to be lost. The sculptures are fundamentally fictitious and imaginary and do not establish a real and continuous relationship with the identity of the citizens, and end up in stacks piled up in dumps.

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