We’re familiar with the saying that “life is beautiful” but what lies behind that beauty may surprise you. In artist Farhad Moshiri’s installation, aptly titled Life is Beautiful, we see the saying displayed against a blank white wall in a charming cursive typeface. Taking a closer look, we notice there’s more artistry to this piece than simply decorative typography. The title is spelled out by hundreds of knives staked into a wall at Palazzo Grassi in Italy.
Moshiri says that the visual poetry is a positive statement, but has a touch of artistic cynicism through the violent materials used. Though the artist prefers to encapsulate a sense of lightheartedness and doesn’t think he’s making a statement, there is certainly room for interpretation of his work. The in-your-face typography speaks volumes about life and its romanticized appearance. Be sure to check out a video of the artist at the site of this installation, speaking about the piece, below.
Moshiri is represented by The Third Line, an art gallery in Dubai, but continues to be based in Iran.