The story behind the light
Discover the beauty of the call to prayer transformed into light.
“The five daily prayers are among the most important obligations of Islamic faith. Today’s busy world poses challenges to a worship performed in times determined by the sun. Prayer times are defined as near dawn, just after midday, in the afternoon, just after sunset and around nightfall, so the exact time changes throughout the season,” Khalid Shafar says about his inspiration for Silent Call.
Software-based Azan Clocks keep track of the prayers for travellers and worshipers inside buildings where the call to prayer may not be heard. This inspired Khalid Shafar to the idea of programming a sculpture that would silently remind worshipers of prayer times through lighting effects and motion.
The glass parts are shaped according to five iconic mosques from five different countries - UAE, Russia, Malaysia, Germany, and Denmark. The shapes of domes were transformed into silhouettes of the chandelier’s crystal components.