Mosques around the Emirate of Sharjah are offering spectators a glimpse into Islamic designs and patterns as they host enchanting light shows during Sharjah Light Festival 2022, organized by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA). The displays highlight the architectural aesthetics of Sharjah’s mosques, famed for their stunning Islamic designs.
The renowned Al Noor Mosque is hosting a show titled ‘Beauty by Contrast’, which recounts how art – and particularly, Islamic art – has been a universal language and a powerful tool for communication throughout history. The display blends geometry, architecture, physics, mathematics, and philosophy to tell the story of art’s influence on the world. The show culminates in a modern and digital interpretation of the universal language, dramatically contrasting shapes and sequences to explore art’s role in the future.
Meanwhile, Sharjah Mosque serves as the backdrop for ‘The Harmony of Islamic Motifs’, a show that brings attention to the beauty and harmony of timeless Islamic motifs, underlined with fast digital designs that infuse the show with a contrast of evolution and speed. Act 1 represents the ‘initial vision’ of the emirate with a spiral of light that appears from shifting sands, while Act 2 focuses on the ‘present’ with digital lines, bright colors, and calligraphy representing progress and development. Finally, Act 3 uses simple lines to delineate the platforms of the mosque – an assured, harmonious introduction to the ‘future’.
Rounding up the list is the Rashid bin Ahmed Al Qassimi Mosque in Dibba Al Hisn, which has been selected to host a show titled ‘Islam + Architecture + Heritage’, which celebrates the heritage, legacy, and progress of a nation, showcasing the Emirate’s past, present, and future. The show overlays letters, light, and glitter on the façade, combining traditional symbolism to evoke the values of trust, integrity, intelligence, power, knowledge, and stability. The message is reminiscent of Sharjah’s mantra to spearhead “evolution in the future without letting go of the identity of the past”.
Press Release: SLF