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Queen front man's sister to unveil Cradley Heath artist sculpture
11:46am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
BLACK Country artist Luke Perry’s latest sculpture will be unveiled this weekend by Freddie Mercury’s sister at a giant Hindu temple in Oldbury.
The Cradley Heath artist has completed the world’s first 3D Farohar statue made out of Tata steel which will reside at the Balaji Temple, Dudley Road East.
The unveiling tomorrow (Saturday) will be followed by prayers and cultural events during a day of celebration which will see special guests from the Hindu and Parsi communities of Britain and India attending.
Legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was one of the most famous Parsi people in the UK and his sister Kashmira will join other notables including Lord Bilimoria and author Kusoom Vadg at the ceremony.
Mr Perry said: “It should be a wonderful day and it will be an honour to meet Freddie Mercury’s sister and I am delighted she will be there for the unveiling.
“This is one of the most exciting projects that I have been involved in as not only does it allow me to work with the wonderful people of the Balaji Temple but it also give us the opportunity to create what we believe to be the world’s first three dimensional Farohar.
“I feel also that this commission has allowed me to embrace my own style of artwork in full.”
The giant 25 acre site is the second biggest Hindu site in Britain and on Saturday one of the man made hills will dedicated to the Zoroastrian (Parsi) faith.
The first two hills, celebrating Buddhism and Christianity, have already been consecrated.
Jimmy Suratia, chairman of the North West Zoroastrian Community, said: “This will be the first Zoroastrian landmark outside London ever in the UK and priest will also conduct a short prayer on the Hill.
Founder of the temple Dr Narayana Rao added: ““The celebrations will be a day of building deep friendships with our Parsi brothers and sisters, and it is a step forward to demonstrate to the world that different faiths can live together and celebrate each other.
“This historic day is a day billed to celebrate similarities rather than focusing on each other’s differences.
“The temple anticipates 700 people on the day and many people from all different faiths will join together.”
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