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the new khayyam fountain by MONIR SHAHROUDY FARMANFARMAIAN AT TRIENNALE brugge



In Khayyam Fountain, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian gathers together various aspects of her visual alphabet, inspired by Sufi mysticism. The geometrical patterns are piled up as multilayer volumes to form a glass fountain. The three-, four- and even eight- or nine-sided shapes are alternately twisted and cut out into a hollow sculptural installation.

Each element has its significance, such as the triangle, which can represent the human being. With four points on the circumference of a circle, you can draw a square, the angles of which point in the four cardinal directions; the sides of a pentagon can stand for the five senses and the angles of a hexagon symbolize virtues.

Inspired by mirror mosaics and stained glass in ancient palaces and temples in Iran, the artist uses light and glass to create a fantastical play of refractions, with an evocation of water as a symbol of clarity and life.?

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