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A Call for Peace - Mohammed Hassan Forouzanfar - Scale Magazine

A Call for Peace

In tumultuous times as now, every step taken is reflective of actions that follow. And taking this responsibility very seriously is an architect, Mohammed Hassan Forouzanfar who raises a white flag across world heritage sites in Iran. A Call for Peace - Mohammed Hassan Forouzanfar - Scale MagazineA Call for Peace - Mohammed Hassan Forouzanfar - Scale Magazine

The year 2020 began with tensions escalating between Iran and the United States of America following the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. Following which Iran vowed to take ‘severe revenge’, to which the US President Donald Trump escalated tensions with a tweet that threatened to target 52 Iranian cultural and historical centers.A Call for Peace - Mohammed Hassan Forouzanfar - Scale Magazine

It was in response to this tweet, that Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar envisioned ‘peace’, a conceptual project, which follows the architect’s typical style and imagines white flags raised over UNESCO-listed and historic world heritage sites in Iran, highlighting the importance of these irreplaceable buildings and landscapes.A Call for Peace - Mohammed Hassan Forouzanfar - Scale Magazine

To convey his message, Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar has adorned images of iconic architectural sites, such as the intricate Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan, 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 for our shared human history. A Call for Peace - Mohammed Hassan Forouzanfar - Scale MagazineA Call for Peace - Mohammed Hassan Forouzanfar - Scale Magazine

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has taken a stance on January 8, 2020, that, despite Iran launching more than a dozen missile strikes at two sites in Iraq less than 24 hours ago, he was comfortable with calling an end to the hostilities.

Comments(3)

  • Patric Rozario

    January 10, 2020

    The first mention of the usage of white flags to surrender is made during the Eastern Han dynasty (AD 25–220). In the Roman Empire, the historian Cornelius Tacitus mentions a white flag of surrender in AD 109. Before that time, Roman armies would surrender by holding their shields above their heads.[1] The white flag was widely used in the Middle Ages in Western Europe to indicate an intent to surrender. The color white was used generally to indicate a person was exempt from combat; heralds bore white wands, prisoners or hostages captured in battle would attach a piece of white paper to their hat or helmet, and garrisons that had surrendered and been promised safe passage would carry white batons.
    (From Wikipedia)

  • Patric Rozario

    January 10, 2020

    Sometimes I wonder why it takes conflicts to remind us of peace.

  • Sindhu

    January 13, 2020

    I think we should be thankful some of us do think of peace in this disaster craving world.

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