(Persia Digest) – A conceptual work by Leila Farzaneh and Kamran Afshar-Naderi, two Iranian artists, called “The tree of life” installed at the entrance of the French Institute of Islamic Civilizations (IFCM) in Lyon, France, has attracted the attention and praise of many.
The IFCM was inaugurated with the unveiling of “The tree of life” created by two Iranian artists. High-ranking French officials were present at the opening ceremony, including the Interior Minister, Mayor of Lyon, representatives of the Iranian Embassy, and ambassadors of Muslim countries.
The French Minister of Interior, Christophe Castaner, tweeted: “For a better understanding of Islamic culture, everyone must be allowed to see the diversity of perspectives in it and have a space to exchange and sharing it. The IFCM can be a bridge between their civilizations and philosophies which is an opportunity and success.”
“The tree of life” is the single work of art currently on display at the IFCM and has been used as the institute’s symbol in some cases.
The work is made with handmade patterned tiles and stainless steel mirror pieces and measures 9.50x3.50 meters. It has been created by Karman Afshar-Naderi, Leila Farzaneh, and a team made up of Iranian artists, architects, artisans, and engineers over a period of one year non-stop.
“The tree of life” is an ancient symbol in Iranian civilization and connected to the legend of the sacred tree referred to in the Quran and civilizations of other countries. It represents birth, growth, death, and rebirth with which all religions can relate to.
The work includes 3500 pieces of handmade tiles patterned with Iranian calligraphy in greenish blue. It is arranged in a mosaic layout based on Iranian geometry called “Sormehdan kand”.
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