KHAYYAM

Khayyam is titled after the 14th century iconic Iranian poet Omar Khayyam, also known as the mathematician and astrologist who invented the Persian Solar calendar. The work is a kinetic sculpture resembling an ancient scientific apparatus. By turning the crank, the wheels start to rotate in the opposite direction. While the big wheel encloses an astrolabe, Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man is framed in the small wheel. The rotation of Vitruvian man around the astrolabe refers to the passing of time, as well as a sense of wander and suspense in man’s life: one of the main themes of Khayyam’s poetry. Moreover, the choice of Vitruvian Man as the representative of human, is an effort to draw connection between Da Vinci and Khayyam, two of the most prominent multidisciplinary artist and scientists in history.

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