"The Freedom Sculpture - Freedom: A Shared Dream" (2017) by Cecil Balmond  

DESCRIPTION: 20,400-pound, 15-foot by 20-foot by 9-foot sculpture of water jet-cut powder-coated stainless steel double cylinders, supported by two 15-foot diameter high-polish stainless steel rings mounted on an approx. 10-foot by 18-foot by 4-inch travertine stone platform; internal LED lighting during p.m. hours

COMMENT:   This notable sculpture is part of Southern California's Ten Best - Most Popular Public Art, and its donation to the City of Los Angeles and installation on July 4, 2017 was reported by the media as attracting a crowd of 50,000 (ABC7).  The Farhang Foundation refers to the piece as a "Monument to Multicultural Coexistence": 
"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."   Farhang Foundation

THE PUBLIC ART:
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 Public Art in Public Places Project

THE PUBLIC PLACE:
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 Public Art in Public Places Project


LOCATION:  center traffic median, 
Santa Monica Blvd. at Century Park East, 
Century City, Los Angeles, CA