Siah Armajani

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Siah Armajani
Born Siavash Armajani
1939 (age 77–78)
Nationality Iranian American

Sia (Siavash) Armajani (born 1939) is an Iranian-born American sculptor known for his public art.


Siavash Armajani was born in 1939 in Tehran.[1] In 1960, Armajani immigrated to the United States to attend college, as he had family living in the US.[1]

Siah Armajani designed the Olympic Torch presiding over the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. He has worked on other projects such as the New York Staten Island tower and bridge, the Round Gazebo in Nice, France, and the Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States.

His 2005 work, Fallujah, is a modern take on Picasso's Guernica but has been censored in the U.S. due to its critical view of the war in Iraq.[2][3]

One of Armajani's important projects is located at North Shore Esplanade at St. George's Ferry Terminal, Staten Island, NY. Armajani has said:

"All buildings and all streets are ornaments. Moreover, the lighthouse and bridge gives a place to the representational arts of poetry, music, and performing. By embracing all of the arts, the lighthouse and bridge asserts its own perspective everywhere."[4]

In 2010, he won a Knight Fellow award granted by United States Artists.[5]

An exhibition at Muelensteen Gallery in 2011 presented a dozen of Armajani's early pieces created in the years leading up to his arrival in America. Many employ ink or watercolor on cloth or paper, and incorporate text. In his "Shirt" (1958), Armajani uses pencil and ink to completely cover his father's shirt in Persian script.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Siah Armajani, Collections". Walker Art Center. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  2. ^ "ARTIUM press release" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-10-05. [dead link]
  3. ^ "El Pais". Retrieved 2006-10-05. 
  4. ^ "Siah Armajani". NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  5. ^ "Siah Armajani". United States Artists. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  6. ^ Schultz, Charles (October 2011). "Ann Pibal & Siah Armajani". The Brooklyn Rail. 

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