Human communicates with his environment through the five natural powers of sight, hearing, feeling, taste and smell which give him information about the things around him. His life is affected by the environment. Sense of sight, among other senses, has more influence in this regard. Accordingly, visual elements have long topped the agenda of architects as far as urban planning is concerned.
In Islamic architecture, the visual elements in cities have been highlighted in a way that for instance in the city of Baghdad, abstract arts were used to promote the visual appearance of the city. But unfortunately, by the passage of time and emergence of wars, population growth, technological advances, … a new structure was created in cities which overshadowed the visual beauty of urban spaces and caused visual disorders. This issue, prompted urban mangers to use urban arts such as wall painting, urban sculpture, urban graphics, … to soften urban spaces. The following are the views of veteran Iranian artists regarding the issue of wall paintings in urban spaces.
Qobad Shiva: Wall Painting a sort of investment
Qobad Shiva is an Iranian graphic designer and is one of the members of the 2nd Tehran Wall Painting Biennial.
He considers wall painting as a kind of urban asset which should be protected against possible damages.
Qobad Shiva believes a good wall painting should last for many years and be resistant against damage.
He says most of the wall painting works in recent years have been created hastily and are not visually attractive.
The veteran Iranian artist concludes that those artists with hands-on experience should be involved in planning wall painting to create high-quality works.
Asghar Kafshchiyan Moqadam: Wall Painting Needs Roadmap
Asghar Kafshchiyan was one of the judges of the 2nd Tehran Wall Painting Biennial.
He believes that the issue of wall painting needs a comprehensive and practical roadmap to promote this branch of art in the city.
Kafshchiyan describes wall painting as an environmental art which should be consistent with urban context.
He believes that Iranian traditional methods and designs should be used in wall paintings in a modern way.
Kafshchiyan also contends that modern technologies should be used to promote the quality of wall paintings in the city.