Für Wien … a lasting ‘thank you’
Für Wien … a lasting ‘thank you’
Dr Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, Municipal Councillor for Culture, Science and Sports of Vienna, thanks OFID Director-General Suleiman J Al-Herbish for the "generous gift"
Für Wien … a lasting ‘thank you’
Für Wien … a lasting ‘thank you’
OFID's monument stands 5.2m high and was designed by Iraqi artist Suhail Al-Hindawi
Für Wien … a lasting ‘thank you’
Für Wien … a lasting ‘thank you’
The monument uses Cuneiform and various symbolic representations of development in its design
Für Wien … a lasting ‘thank you’
Für Wien … a lasting ‘thank you’
OFID worked closely with Prof. Michael Jursa (right), head of the Institute for Oriental Studies at the University of Vienna, to ensure the accuracy of the Sumerian script inscribed on the monument. On the left is Dr Deyaa Alkhateeb, special advisor to OFID Director-General Suleiman J Al-Herbish
Für Wien … a lasting ‘thank you’
Für Wien … a lasting ‘thank you’
Artist Suhail Al-Hindawi and Dr Deyaa Alkhateeb, special advisor to OFID Director-General Suleiman J Al-Herbish, ensure the monument is transported safely
Für Wien … a lasting ‘thank you’
Für Wien … a lasting ‘thank you’
Iraqi artist Suhail Al-Hindawi used the ancient Sumer civilization as the inspiration for the monument
Für Wien … a lasting ‘thank you’
Für Wien … a lasting ‘thank you’
OFID's monument is located in a small public park in front of the Vienna International Center on Wagramerstrasse, Vienna
Für Wien … a lasting ‘thank you’
Für Wien … a lasting ‘thank you’
The monument takes shape at the foundry in Pietrasanta, Tuscany, Italy
Für Wien … a lasting ‘thank you’
Für Wien … a lasting ‘thank you’
To mark its 40th anniversary, OFID presented a unique gift to the City of Vienna and Republic of Austria for generously hosting the institution since its inception in 1976
 Für Wien … a lasting ‘thank you’
Für Wien … a lasting ‘thank you’
The monument has a strong symbolic development link with OFID’s vision and mission
Für Wien … a lasting ‘thank you’
Für Wien … a lasting ‘thank you’
The monument uses Cuneiform and symbolic representations of development in its design, and links these early developmental efforts of humankind to the current SDGs
Für Wien … a lasting ‘thank you’
Für Wien … a lasting ‘thank you’
OFID staff proudly gather before the monument

OFID thanks the City of Vienna

Für Wien …a lasting ‘thank you’

To mark its 40th Anniversary, and to thank the City of Vienna and Republic of Austria for providing a stable, welcoming environment since its inception in 1976, OFID commissioned Iraqi artist Suhail Al-Hindawi to create a special monument that helped enbody its noble mission.

About the artist

Suhail Al-Hindawi is a graduate in Fine Arts, Sculpture from Baghdad University, and lecturer at the Fine Arts Institute in Baghdad. Al-Hindawi was a member of the Iraqi Arts Association as well as a member of the International Union of Arts. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, such as the Iraqi Olympic Organization statue, and has various sculptures and monuments on display worldwide.

Al-Hindawi used the ancient Sumer civilization as the inspiration for OFID's monument. The Sumerian civilization was the first ancient urban civilization in the historical region of southern Mesopotamia, modern-day southern Iraq, during the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze ages, and arguably the first civilization in the world. The Sumerian written history reaches back to the 27th century BC and before.

Getting expert advice

To ensure accuracy of the monument's inscriptions and carvings, OFID worked closely with Professor Michael Jursa, head of the Institute for Oriental Studies at the University of Vienna. He is a professor of Assyriology and coordinator of the “Nationalen Forschungsnetzwerks Imperium and Officium.” There are a few hundred individuals globally who specialize in either Sumerian culture, language, archaeology or history.

The inauguration

After many months of careful planning and organizing, on June 2, 2016, the monument was unveiled by OFID Director-General Suleiman J Al-Herbish and Dr Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, Municipal Councillor for Culture, Science and Sports of the City of Vienna. The monument was presented on the sidelines of the Ministerial Council, in the presence of Ministerial Council members, OFID Governors and Alternate Governors, ambassadors and representatives from the Austrian Foreign Ministry. The monument is located in a small public park in front of the Vienna International Center on Wagramerstrasse, Vienna.

Read more about the monument here: Monument booklet

OFID Quarterly article about the inauguration ceremony

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