This is an interesting and informative thread, and I express my appreciation for the idea to the author of this thread.
Some interesting Picassoes were presented. Pablo Picasso once said: "If I had known there was such a thing as Islamic Calligraphy, I would never have started to paint. I have strived to reach the highest levels of artistic mastery, but I found that Islamic Calligraphy was there ages before I was."
Is written above in the form of a rose, "Bismillah", which can be translated in English as "In the name of Allah."
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In the above mural sculpture is written in Arabic calligraphy, "Alhamdulillah". In English "Alhamdulillah" can be translated as "All praises and thanks be to Allah."
I find this calligraphic artwork interesting because there can be different interpretations of this work. For example, some people see the form of the work as a tear drop such that when one thinks of Allah, the Most Merciful, tears comes to the eyes as we long to meet Him. The latter interpretation is good. But I see it another way as well. I see it also as the flame of a lamp giving light to its surrounding. It was said in the OP that it would be even better if we could give our thoughts on the artwork. So, in my perspective I like the latter idea of a flame of a lamp giving light, for when a person praises Allah, the Most Merciful, his/her heart is illuminated with insight, understanding and wisdom. It reminds me of a verse in the Holy Quran which is translated as follows:
Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His Light is like a niche within which is a lamp; the lamp is within a glass, the glass as if it were a brilliant star lit from the (oil of) a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow even if untouched by fire. Light upon Light. Allah guides to His Light whom He wills. And Allah sets forth examples for mankind. And Allah is All-Knower of everything. [Quran, translation of meaning, 24:35]
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Is written in Arabic caligraphy in the above floral-pear-shaped drawing, "Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa billah", which can be translated in English as "There is no might nor power except through Allah."
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As Pablo Picasso said, the Islamic civilization has achieved the highest level of artistic mastery in calligraphy. The mastery of the Islamic artists can be witnessed in mosque decorations. Some of these mosques are themselves masterpieces. For example the 400 year old Blue Mosque in Turkey.
More interior pictures of the Blue Mosque at: https://www.askideas.com/30-most-incred ... -istanbul/
More exterior pictures of the Blue Mosque at: https://www.askideas.com/40-most-amazin ... nd-photos/
Also here is a two minute youtube video by a happy tourist who provide additional perspectives of the Blue Mosque:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4ur4Ag ... xa&index=1