I always used to experiment with my handwriting in school. In architecture, i was really inspired by some of my seniors for their unique way of writing alphabets for presentation drawings. Afterward i realized that its Calligraphy :-). Then i really started experimenting with my own handwriting. There were 100 types of “A”s i had tried. Anyways, that mania was only till i completed my architecture and later on computers had taken over.
But calligraphy indeed play an important role in architecture.Its a great inspiration as an abstract concept. But if we go into empirical process of thinking then oops….we would end up making buildings full of inscriptions on walls…ended up in Graffiti or Asemic writing. Unlike Graffiti calligraphic practice is “the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious and skillful manner”.Whereas Graffiti is considered as vandalism most of the times.
Inspirational calligraphy simply means execution of the ideas in abstract form.To be very precise, structures designed with free flowing forms.
there are numerous example of actual implementation of calligraphy in history especially in Islamic architecture.
Light Calligraphy is another very interesting form. Julien Breton’s work is just incredible. I never expected this type of application of calligraphy.
Architecture provides a vast platform to display Calligraphy as an art.
Lets see few beautiful master peices of Indian Calligraphy.
Few more interesting Indian forms
Special thanks to world renowned Calligrapher Achyut Palav for his amazing work included here.
Some temple inscriptions, Hindu wheel of life and rebirth