"Isra || إسراء"
Timescale: 2 weeks
Design & Assembly: Khaled AlWarea
Dimensions: Base: 60*60*60 cm, Height: 110 cm
Exhibition: Haven for Artist's "For the love of the arts"
Station Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
"Isra || إسراء" is a sculpture made of rusted steel and Arabic poetry.
After cutting the pieces on a Laser-cutter, I accelerated the oxidizing process by adding salt and bleach to the water and overlaid the pieces on each other throughout the process to create unique patterns in the rust.
The verses I used are from "The moon poem" to the Arabic poet Imra’ ul-Qais.
Imra’ ul-Qais was an Arabic poet in the 6th century AD He is sometimes considered the father of Arabic poetry.
Legend has it that some of the verses found in the Islamic holy book "Al-Quran" were influenced by his poetry.
دنت الساعةُ وانشقَّ القمر عن غزالٍ صاد قلبي ونفر
عادةُ الأقمارِ تسري في الدجى فرأيتُ الليلَ يسري بالقمر
بالضحى والليلِ من طُرَّته فَرْقه ذا النورِ كم شيء زَهر.