Statue made by Pakistani-American visual artist installed outside US court

Noor Fatima 01:24 AM | 31 Jan, 2023
Statue made by Pakistani-American visual artist installed outside US court
Source: Shahzia Sikander (Instagram)

For the first time, a statue of 'Lady Justice' made by a Pakistani-American artist has received the honour of installation in front of a court in the United States.

New York-based Shahzia Sikander is a Pakistan-born visual artist who later moved to the US. With many impressive projects under her belt, Sikander's latest art piece became the limelight of contemporary art and female representation on the art scene.

The statue, which is placed just outside the New York Appellate Courthouse in Manhattan, "first Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York—both located in the Flatiron District," is one of its kind. 

Sikander's Instagram caption reads, "One of the large-scale sculptures is located on the west side of the park facing Fifth Avenue and can be animated through augmented reality on Snapchat. An accompanying video animation by the artist, also sited in the park, visually intertwines the work's richly symbolic elements."⁣

Steps away at the corner of Madison Avenue and 25th Street, Sikander's second female figure emerges from a lotus on the Courthouse rooftop, the first female figure to adorn one of its plinths as it joins a cohort of historic and religious male lawgivers.

In contrast to the traditional “Lady Justice,” a blindfolded woman upholding scales, Sikander’s figure is active and empowered, standing tall and gazing boldly forward.

Talking to American media, the 54-year-old artist said that this statue was very much needed on a cultural level because the traditional way of presenting power is changing all over the world. The statue is also important in the context of the ongoing debate on women's reproductive rights in the US as the US Supreme Court struck down the constitutional right to abortion.

A National College of Arts graduate, Sikander later moved to the United States and attended the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), earning a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking in 1995.

Noor Fatima

The writer is a staff member.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 23, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on March 23, 2023 (Thursday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.1 286.15
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 343.5 347
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.4 76.2
Australian Dollar AUD 187 189.4
Bahrain Dinar BHD 749.55 757.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 205 207.2
China Yuan CNY 40.91 41.31
Danish Krone DKK 40.77 41.17
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.92 36.27
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 2.06 2.11
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 919.22 928.22
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.85 63.45
New Zealand Dollar NZD 176.66 178.66
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.33 26.63
Omani Riyal OMR 731.97 739.97
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.43 78.13
Singapore Dollar SGD 208 210
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 305.12 307.62
Thai Bhat THB 8.19 8.34

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 23 March 2023

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 203,800 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,730.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Karachi PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Islamabad PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Peshawar PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Quetta PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Sialkot PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Attock PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Gujranwala PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Jehlum PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Multan PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Bahawalpur PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Gujrat PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Nawabshah PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Chakwal PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Hyderabad PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Nowshehra PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Sargodha PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Faisalabad PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Mirpur PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350


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