From hobby to professionalism .. A Jordanian embodies religious and archaeological monuments with artistic models | mix

Aman- Talent remains buried within a person until the right time for its emergence comes, and this can only be discovered in the adult stage and after much effort to achieve an old dream, as happened with the owner of fifty talent Suleiman Abu Yahya, who excelled in forming artistic models that mimicked religious and archaeological sites in Jordan and Palestine.

Abu Yahya: In my childhood, I was very fascinated by the projects of religious buildings and monuments, and they stopped me from meditating on the smallest details of their construction (Al-Jazeera)

childhood passion

In his speech to Al Jazeera Net, Abu Jahya says: “In my childhood, I was very fascinated by the designs of buildings and palaces, and archeological and religious monuments, and this made me meditate on the smallest details of building saj. “

He continues: “After each visit to one of these landmarks, I turn to the pencils and fill the pages with them and experiment a lot so that I can convey designs similar to the ones I have seen … I am a person passionate about beauty and the antiquity of these monuments and loves them, in an indescribable way ”.

A Jordanian embodies archeological and religious monuments with artistic models / Source: Al Jazeera / Jordan
Abu Jahya went to design architectural models for residential buildings (Al-Jazeera)

From hobby to professional

Abu Yahya works in trade and self-employment, but he turned to his talent in creating artistic models, so he turned to designing architectural models for residential buildings, according to engineering plans, in collaboration with apartment owners and engineers, according to him.

Abu Yahya confirms that he is making an architectural model of the building or palace, which includes the foundation of the building, its floors, gates, windows, fences and all its accessories, according to the 100: 1 drawing scale, showing that it does not perform random work because random measurements spoil the aesthetics and details of the model.

Abu Jahya designs polystyrene models for several archaeological sites, including: the city of Petra, the triumphal arch in Jerash, the palace of Umrah, and other archaeological sites. And also the varnish with which the reservation is painted, so that each piece does not look like the other, as if it were a scene of rows of natural stones.

Abu Yahya moved from an amateur to a professional as his works became popular among relatives and friends and through his social media account as he received requests to implement artistic models of heritage and religious monuments.

Abu Yahya: I am amazed by the beauty and uniqueness of the golden dome design in the construction of the Rock Dome, as it is the largest Islamic building in Jerusalem (Al-Jazeera).

Sculpture and “aging”

Abu Yahya chooses a religious landmark or archeological site and plans to design and sculpt the work according to purpose.

And the parts of the basic structure of the model are formed of gypsum, with an internal hardener placed on its support and the necessary materials are added from clay and cardboard. ready.

Several materials have been used in the realization of the models, including: polystyrene, gypsum, clay, cardboard, wood and “spray” paint, and sometimes artificial marble (resin) is used on request.

The Dome of the Rock and the Al-Qibli Mosque

Abu Yahya says: “The beauty and uniqueness of the golden dome design in the construction of the Rock Dome fascinates me, as it is the largest Islamic building in Jerusalem and in the world as a whole, and accordingly I turned to the design. sculpture that simulates the spirit of this Islamic icon.

He added, “I have designed a model of the architectural masterpiece, Sabil Qaitbay, which is one of the most important fountains of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which in addition to its large size is characterized by beauty in construction, drawing and carving.”

Abu Yahya’s fingertips also shone in the formation of an artistic sculpture that simulates the construction of the Al-Qibli Mosque, “which is part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” with a lead dome.

A piece of artwork designed by Abu Jahya, which embodies rural houses in Jordan (Al-Jazeera)

Rural houses and heritage dictionary

Abu Yahya’s work was not limited to modeling religious and archaeological sites, but his art expanded to convey the simplicity of rural life, implementing projects for rural homes in several governments, including the Awda Mill model. which works. over water at Wadi Jdita in Irbid.

Abu Yahya compiles some traditional dictionaries, including millstone and water wells, in addition to executing patterns of many arches and gates in archaeological sites.

He is currently working on the execution of a model of one of the historic palaces in the Khalidiya area, a model of a castle in the city of Aqaba and the palaces in the Al-Amir region of Iraq, in addition to forming a model that simulates beauty. and the antiquity of the Roman amphitheater in the center of the country in the capital.

Abu Yahya says: “I feel very happy to do this work with my workshop, which I founded 15 years ago, and every work of art I do requires a lot of time and effort, especially as I seek to convey all the details. , until it comes out integrated and distinct ”.

The models attract art and heritage lovers, as there are those who require a specific design for a heritage landmark (island)

a source of income

Abu Yahya indicates that he makes models of different sizes according to the request of customers and has turned to making molds for many of the designs he has sculpted, so that he can redesign the model.

He says, “I tend to design the parts in a balanced and durable way that does not break, is designed on a wooden base and is not affected at all by moisture, through a layer of varnish that protects it from all factors affecting. “

He added that “these models attract art and heritage lovers, as there are those who seek a specific design for a heritage landmark, and there are those who choose one of the traditional dictionaries”.

Abu Yahya explains that selling these parts constitutes a good source of income for him, as there are those who buy them to decorate a corner in their home or office. Even tourists are attracted to these designs, especially the small ones “which are characterized by ease of portability and transportation.”

Abu Yahya turned to designing a model of the Rock Dome to simulate the spirit of this “Islamic icon,” as he (Al-Jazeera) says.

Fashionable accessories

Abu Yahya confirms that he was encouraged by his family and friends when he decided to develop his talent for designing artistic models, which brought him joy in his heart, showing that his children help him implement some of them.

Abu Yahya participates with his artistic models in many bargains, as he aspires to become his “impression” in every Jordanian and Arab house that loves heritage.

Recently, Abu Jahya has tended to include additions to his artwork, such as: the lighting element, indicating that he is keen to introduce parts updates in a modern style, while retaining the essence of the “parts” idea. of inheritance.

And he concludes: “This talent is innate and not from study, but I think the acquired talent needs a lot of practice and the result (in it) is only acceptable. As for the innate talent, he is more capable for innovation and attention. “

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