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10th Jul 2017 – Twilight Freedom Sculpture

Twilight Freedom Sculpture

Twilight Freedom Sculpture

Taken the morning of July 5th, this is a shot of the Freedom Sculpture installed on Independence Day, July 4th, 2017. 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.

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.

I do really enjoy this sculpture- and am sure it will make further appearances in this photoblog.

* I would have taken some photographs during the fireworks during the installation celebration, but the organizers decided real cameras were verbotten- such an annoying yet very LA thing…

Oct 26th, 2015 – Towards Downtown LA with Fireworks

Towards Downtown LA with Fireworks

Towards Downtown LA with Fireworks

As mentioned a few times previously, one of the quirks of Los Angeles is that when fireworks go off around America to celebrate Independence Day (or New Year’s), since the city is so spread out, that fireworks demonstrations erupt all over the city. You can see skybursts down amongst the city skyline, as well as one much closer from a neighborhood celebration.

Jul 21st, 2014 – Fireworks Around LA II

Fireworks 2014 DTLA

Fireworks 2014 DTLA

To follow up with the earlier posting, here’s a snapshot of fireworks going off “in front” of Downtown Los Angeles; and for once, its not smog but fireworks smoke clouding up the view…

Jul 21st, 2014 – Fireworks Around LA

Fireworks 2014

Fireworks 2014

Every year, fireworks go off around America to celebrate Independence Day- one of the quirks of Los Angeles is, since the city is so spread out, that fireworks demonstrations erupt all over the city, instead of in isolated areas, (i.e., over the Detroit River or in New York harbor). This shot was captured this year looking out from West Hollywood towards Downtown Los Angeles, (well, a little to the north…)

July 4th, 2011 ~ Fireworks

Fireworks over the Colorado

4th of July Celebration, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

A photo from last year’s celebration on the Colorado river near Laughlin, NV, by the Pipa Aha Macav Tribe of the Mojave Nation. A great mix of new and fading fireworks, and if you look closely at the reflection, well, I’ll let you see for yourself…

See you Wednesday!

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