The Rocks Restaurant & Bar
THE PATTERN OF ANODISED ALUMINIUM TUBES, READING A WELL KNOWN PERSIAN POEM IN RESPONSE TO A COLLABORATION WITH BRIAN HOOPER ARCHITECT AND TWOFOLD STUDIO IN USING TRANSCRIPT.
In search for the right words and calligraphy, I couldn’t go past Hafez, the prominent & respected poet in Iran from 14th century. This specific poem has some of his most quoted lines that is read for celebration.
Wine, Humans and Song By Hafiz
Translated by A.Z.Foreman
Hey come lets scatter flowers around,
and fill the chalice up with wine,
We’ll crack the heavens’ vault in half,
and hew a wholly new design.
Hafiz or Hafez of Shiraz is a Persian Sufi Mystic poet. Born in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran) around 1315 C.E , Hafez’ popularity remains huge in Iran, with many Iranians having a copy of his collected works, and they memorise his poems and use them as proverbs and sayings in everyday life. Many Iranians use Hafez’ Divan as a means of divination (which is not the same as fortune telling). They will hold a question in mind and open the Divan at a page and meditate on the ode they open at and use it as guidance and insight.