The Iran Heritage Foundation is a non-political UK registered charity with the mission to promote and preserve the history, languages and cultures of Iran and the Persianate world. The objectives of the Foundation are achieved by organising and supporting activities of cultural or scholarly merit. IHF programmes include sponsoring teaching posts and fellowships at universities and museums, giving grants for academic research and cultural activities, and organising regular events and conferences, both in the United Kingdom and abroad.
On 4th July 2017, the Freedom Sculpture was unveiled in Los Angeles.
It was designed by award-winning architect Cecil Balmond, and is based on the Cyrus Cylinder, which dates from 539 BCE. This gigantic stainless steel sculpture is 6 meters long and has LED lighting in the interior. The sculpture is a permanent public monument celebrating individual freedom, religious tolerance and cultural diversity. The project was conceived and executed by the Farhang Foundation, to whom warmest congratulations are due, and the sculpture was crowd-funded. The Iran Heritage Foundation is proud that it was able to sponsor the exhibition of the Cyrus Cylinder at Getty Villa, Los Angeles, in 2013. The Cyrus Cylinder is now in the British Museum.