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Islamic-themed graffiti: potentials of public art with Islamic attributes

Zakariya, Khalilah and Zainal Abidin, Norzalifa and Mansor, Mazlina and Che Man, Shaibatul Islamiah (2016) Islamic-themed graffiti: potentials of public art with Islamic attributes. Middle East Journal of Scientific Research (MEJSR), 24 (2). pp. 366-371. ISSN 1990-9233

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Abstract

The explorations of public art in cities and communities have received growing attention from artists, designers and the public. Graffiti is a type of public art that is often associated with a medium of creative expression in the public space. Today, graffiti with religious, cultural, political and environmental themes are visible on the walls and other built structures. This study explores the potentials of Islamic-themed graffiti as a medium to convey positive messages that are executed through the incorporation of Islamic art attributes. The aim of this paper is to examine the perceptions of the public towards two Islamic-themed graffiti artworks that were installed in the campus’ public space. The methods comprise of creating the artwork and conducting a survey questionnaire among 200 respondents that consist of Muslims and non-Muslims. The analysis revealed three key findings. First, the presence of Islamic elements and the message conveyed influenced the respondents’ perceptions of public art with Islamic attributes. Second, both graffiti artworks were regarded to make the public space lively. Third, Islamic-themed graffiti has potentials to act as a medium to spread positive messages. The study concludes that Islamic-themed graffiti can further be explored as a form contemporary Islamic public art.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3021/50640
Uncontrolled Keywords: Islamic art • Graffiti • Public art • Urban design
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N8510 Art studios, materials, etc
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N8700 Art and the state. Public art
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA9000 Aesthetics of cities. City planning and beautifying
N Fine Arts > Islamic art and architecture
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament > NK1648 Religious art > NK1674 Islamic art
N Fine Arts > Islamic art and architecture > NK1674 Islamic art
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design
Depositing User: Dr. Khalilah Zakariya
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2016 12:32
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2016 12:32
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/50640

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