Arabic is everywhere I look.
Some of it washes over me like so much nothingness but some of it stands out as beautiful art.
I love utilitarian art. It is the common worker's pause when they can't walk away from their efforts without embellishing. I love when I can see that someone added a lovely flair to the ordinary.
There are so many signs I want to take pictures of. Before, if I saw something wonderful, I would return to that spot with my camera and take a photo. Now? There's too much hate/fear of foreigners and too few of them around. There's a lot of suspicion now of those who are different and "yes" it is different to appreciate a wall.
With my new phone, I can take pretty good pictures. So, I think, for the time being, I will be posting photos from my phone NOT from my heavy duty camera. These next photos were taken through a bus window as we sped past.
Okay, so this attempt wasn't so good but I tried again.
This shows some writing better. For years, I used to think that the writing on the wall was advertising something. NOPE! It's some dude's name. Oh, well. He did write it with exceptional creativity.
You can also see The Great Pyramid peeking out from behind the trees.
Here's a better look at The Pyramid through my bus window. Yes, I know I'm blessed to live so close to an Ancient Wonder of the World. Alhumdulillah.
I also feel blessed when I see this:
This is one of those murals placed outside public schools. Some are done better than others. I have always loved this image of brotherhood between Muslims and Christians. Though words have been added over time, the basic message has survived Coup 1 and Coup 2. It gives me hope that people of faith will remain united in Egypt long after all the chaos has fallen away.
This is not from Egypt but rather from graffiti artist El Seed in Tunis.
Gorgeous color, composition and a complimentary placement make this an incredible offering.
This is another similar look. It says, "Ya Rab!"
The next example from El Seed is really different.
What I love as much as the artwork is the outdoor sink below it. This means that his brilliant calligraphy is accessible to everyone. It's not in a gallery or in a private home. It's not in a closed tome of creativity. It's OUT in the OPEN for ALL.
Many people first get to know the real Islam from feeling the power of Islamic art.
Alhumdulillah for the beauty of Islam, Arabic and the ability to share it here.