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An 8-foot-long bronze sculpture at Lincoln Park in Los Altos. It reads “Shlama” – Aramaic for “peace.”
The Los Altos Hills-based institute donated the work, which reads “Shlama” – Aramaic for “peace” – in letters more than 2 feet tall, to Los Altos as a symbol of the Assyrian community, thousands of whom migrated from the Middle East to the Bay Area over the past hundred years.
In a letter to the Los Altos City Council last summer, Fred Parhad, the UC Berkeley-educated Assyrian-American sculptor of “Shlama,” said the sculpture would serve “to not let our heritage be completely erased.” The Assyrian community considers the area between modern-day Iraq, Syria, Iran and Turkey its homeland. Many Assyrians have been killed by ISIS and their property destroyed because of their Christian faith, which dates back more than a thousand years.
“For the first time in our modern history, our ancient art, artifacts and architectural treasures in Iraq are being systema