Postmodern classic?

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Middle-Eastern architecture


This is part of a military memorial for those lost in the Iran-Iraq war, I have some others of the famous crossed sabers of Saddams military review parade ground but the lighting didn't work out. The underside of this roof is fascinating, all these tiny squares, forming sharp, angular corners. Makes you wonder about the psychology behind it, because these multidimensional square patterns were also in the Main Palace (current site of U.S. Embassy).

There's a lot written about the 'atomistic' perspective of the Islamic/Arabic Middle East. I think you can see that represented in some of the art. Reminds you that in the 11th and 12th century this area was the height of learning for philosophy, science and mathematics. The different sides and perspectives of these squares seem reminescent of this old time. Not smooth, like Asian, or rough like the Western. Maybe some of my more 'aesthetic-minded' friends and family will point me in the right direction.

1 Comments:

  • 2nd time around:islamic art is typically non-representational, as this would offend Allah. Much of it consists of abstract geometric designs - mosaics originated here.

    By Anonymous man of the fields, at 10:33 PM  

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