In ancient Mesopotamia, a ziggurat was a huge temple, whose stepped-pyramid shape was believed to connect earth and sky, thus bringing humans closer to the gods. Today, remnants of these monuments can be found in various parts of Iraq and Iran. Inspired by the terraced structure of a ziggurat, Iranian artist Shirin Abedinirad has designed a stunning mirrored staircase that attempts to bring together the two disunited elements, earth and sky, through reflection.
Having studied graphic and fashion designing at Tehran’s Dr. Shariaty University, Abedinirad has spent the last several years creating art that confronts the issues of sexuality, gender and compassion. For her latest installation, known as Mirrored Ziggurat, the artist has used reflective surfaces to bring about a seamless coalescence of the various aspects of nature. The artwork creates a myriad of striking fusions of colors and forms, when viewed from different angles. Speaking about her project, Abedinirad said:
The Mirrored Ziggurat acts as a staircase, which seeks to connect nature with human beings and to create union of ancient history and today’s world. This installation offers a transformative view of the self. [It] has seven levels that represent seven heavens. For me, mirrors amplify this paradise, giving light; an important mystical concept in Persian culture, and a medium creating an optical illusion.
The Mirrored Ziggurat installation is currently being displayed at the Underbelly Arts Festival, in Sydney, Australia.
To know more about the artist, head over to her official website.