Having my calligraphy work in public spaces was a ling time wish, finally, it comes true, by the help of lovely volunteers, and the great organizational job by @ammandesignweek with paints provided by @jotunpaintsarabia
Motivation, interactivity, urbanism and visual delighting.
These are the keywords that I can relate to this mural/painting, I chose the stairs as a medium since I grew up on a similar one, it wasn’t a problem back then because we used to use it every day, but actually it was very inviting to observe and learn how the perspective works, and how the optical illusion plays with your eye and mind! Our stairs were around 20 steps, but this Al- Luwaibdeh one is 70, so that was a challenge to distribute my design on those steps, I’ve selected the authentic Square Kufic script for this design, since it has the geometric structure that fits the steps and gives a contemporary feel, especially when you see the pixels dancing and forming letters and words!
And talking about the words, here we come to the power of content, an amazing poetry verse by the Tunisian poet Aboul-Qacem Echebbi (1909 -1934) which reads:
ومن يتهيب صعود الجبال يعش أبَــدَ الدهــر بيــن الحــفرْ
He who has an aversion to climbing mountains Will pass his days and nights in ditches and holes.
Such powerful meanings, it really moves mountains, or, at least it helps you to climb them!
Amman, the city of thousand stairs and stairs, is taking care of the millions of its people who use them all the time, with all challenges and obstacles, there will be always a way to take you up to the top of the mountain, to the endless views and prospects.
Best way to experience the painting is by using the stairs for real, you can find it easily once you delve down from Paris Square to Abdali.
My portrait and cover photo by @ranaspixels