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Silicon statue of Imam Khomeini to go on display at Milad Tower
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TEHRAN – A life-sized silicon statue of the Founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini, will go on display in the Museum of Luminaries at Tehran’s Milad Tower in the near future.
Commissioned by Milad Tower, the statue is due to be unveiled during a special ceremony, sculptor Alireza Khaqani told the Persian service of MNA on Tuesday.
Khaqani has recently completed a series of life-sized silicon statues of national heroes including Amir Kabir (1807-1852), the chief minister of the Qajar king Nasser ad-Din Shah, Ali Shariati (1933-1977), an Iranian revolutionary and scholar, and Mohammad Mosaddeq, the prime minister of Iran from 1951 until 1953.
Khaqani’s collection, comprised of statues of a number of contemporary Iranian luminaries, was showcased in an exhibition at the Iranian Artists Forum in summer; the collection later was moved to the Museum of Luminaries.
Khaqani, who has long worked on making silicon prostheses, says that he has found silicon to be a material which can be made to have a texture similar to human skin.

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