Siah Armajani has been an unceasing trailblazer for public art, focusing on community and blurring boundaries between art, architecture, and new technology. His work is deeply rooted in history and philosophy, as well as the writings of Persian poets, Martin Heidegger, Walter Benjamin, Walt Whitman, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Armajani was born in 1939 in Tehran, Iran, immigrating in 1960 to the U.S. where he studied mathematics, philosophy and sociology at Macalester College in Saint Paul. His work over many decades has been internationally recognized and revered. He made his home in Minnesota until his recent death in 2020.
Follow This Line, Installation view of Siah Armajani, 2019. Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art