mohammad hassan forouzanfar raises a white flag across world heritage sites in iran
 

mohammad hassan forouzanfar raises a white flag across world heritage sites in iran

as you probably already know, the new decade kicked off with renewed political conflict between the US and iran. following the assassination of iranian general qasem soleimani, and iran’s vow to take ‘severe revenge’, on january 4th 2020, US president donald trump escalated tensions with a tweet that threatened to target 52 iranian cultural and historical centers.

 

in response to this tweet, mohammad hassan forouzanfar has envisioned ‘peace’. the conceptual project, which follows the architect’s typical style, imagines white flags raised over UNESCO-listed and historic world heritage sites in iran, highlighting the importance of these irreplaceable buildings and landscapes.  

mohammad hassan forouzanfar raises a white flag across world heritage sites in iran designboom

all images © mohammad hassan forouzanfar

 

 

to convey his message, mohammad hassan forouzanfar has adorned images of iconic architectural sites, such as the intricate blue mosque in tabriz, with white flags that appear to blow in the wind. making a subtle yet powerful message, the flags highlight how important elements of a country’s history and culture can be caught in the crossfire between conflicting nations. in essence, ‘peace’ aims to express the significance of these sites and spread the message that losing them would be a tragedy not only to iran, but also to our shared human history. 

mohammad hassan forouzanfar raises a white flag across world heritage sites in iran designboom

mohammad hassan forouzanfar raises a white flag across world heritage sites in iran designboom

mohammad hassan forouzanfar raises a white flag across world heritage sites in iran designboom

mohammad hassan forouzanfar raises a white flag across world heritage sites in iran designboom

mohammad hassan forouzanfar raises a white flag across world heritage sites in iran designboom

mohammad hassan forouzanfar raises a white flag across world heritage sites in iran designboom

mohammad hassan forouzanfar raises a white flag across world heritage sites in iran

mohammad hassan forouzanfar raises a white flag across world heritage sites in iran

mohammad hassan forouzanfar raises a white flag across world heritage sites in iran

 

 

project info:

 

project name: ‘peace’

design: mohammad hassan forouzanfar

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lynne myers | designboom

  • I wish you had identified the monuments by name.

    elizabeth lurie
  • The white flag symbolizes surrender, not peace. This artist was wrong. Besides, nothing interesting, revealing or creative.

    Piotr Bies
  • Woops! Here’s the link:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banner_of_Peace

    R.A.L. West
  • I wonder if Mr. Hassan is aware of the Roerich treaty and flag dating from 1932? Time to resuscitate awareness of this initiative! These sites belong to all humanity!

    R.A.L. West

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