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Symposium Sculptures at Milad Tower Until June 21

Genti Tavanxhiu (L) with diploma of the symposium, and Seyed Mojtaba MousaviGenti Tavanxhiu (L) with diploma of the symposium, and Seyed Mojtaba Mousavi

The works created at the 8th Tehran International Sculpture Symposium (ended May 14) will remain at Milad Tower in Tehran until June 21 for public viewing.

“After June 21, the works will move to Qaem Park in District 18 where a sculpture garden is being planned,” according to Seyed Mojtaba Mousavi, cultural deputy at the Tehran Beautification Organization (TBO), Honaronline reported.

“Once the plan is finalized, the garden will become operational in two months,” Mousavi said, adding that artists would find such collections of sculptures in one place useful for their research work.

To see the sculptures created at the symposium, enthusiasts can refer to Milad Tower which is accessible from either of the two expressways Hemmat and Hakim.

Among the travertine works is a 280 cm tall piece ‘Fragile’ by the first-prize winner of the 8th edition, Albanian artist Genti Tavanxhiu, 44.

Tavanxhiu is a member of the International Association for Monumental Sculpture Events and of the International Sculpture Symposium Alliance.

During the past two decades, he has been active at important international exhibitions, and awarded several prizes.

Tavanxhiu organized six international sculpture symposiums in Albania and three symposiums in travertine in Spinetoli, Italy.

His sculptures are present at many public places and private collections in the US, Albania, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, France, Romania, Montenegro, Cyprus, Turkey, UAE, China, Japan, Egypt, Iran, and Syria.

The second prize went to Iranian artist Mostafa Mohseni, and the third was shared by Francesca Bernardini from Italy and Tatsumi Sakai from Japan.

The three top winners were awarded $5,000, $3,500, and $2,000 respectively. They also received diplomas of the symposium.

Sculptors Ana Maria Negara from Romania and Umit Turgay Durgun from Turkey, were honored at the conclusion ceremony of the symposium. Shima Sadat Mousavi, Fatemeh Akbari and Melika Nik-Khah from Iran were commended in the Student Section.

The event comprised three sections: national, student and international. In the latter, artists from Germany, Italy, Spain, Albany, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Russia, Turkey, Georgia, Romania, Japan, Armenia and Latvia participated.

About the 9th edition next year, Mousavi said the submission call would be made in late summer.

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