Arabesque

Stainless steel

Height 2.4m

This sculpture explores Islamic art, reinterpreting a geometric motif as a three dimensional work.

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This sculpture reinterprets Islamic geometric design in modern sculptural form. The geometric patterns in Islamic art are usually 2- dimensions (tiles, mosaics, engraving etc) or architectural. I wanted to explore how this could be represented three dimensionally as a sculpture.

The pattern is taken from the Huand Hatun mosque in Kayseri, Turkey and would have originated approx in 1200AD. The geometric lattice as it is constructed of the repetition of the square motif and I have based the sculptural form on a cube. Inspiration also came from The Bibi Khanum mosque, Samarkand, Uzbekistan which has a strong decorative feature of mosaic towering squares on the entrance wall.

The work is also intended to give a sense of balance and harmony, being delicate but strong, supporting and being supported – rising – celebrating spiritual aspiration.

The work can be illuminated at night with light fitting position.