Finding Hope, the triptych by artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo

30 January 2019

Mehdi Ghadyanloo is an artist famous for his trompe l'oeil. His last work is the triptych Finding Hope.

Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo was commissioned to create a triptych at the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos. The canvas covering an area of 186 square meters is called Finding Hope. It is a work that, in addition to transmitting a message of hope, wants to make the spectator reflect.

The central part represents a little girl on her back holding a balloon in her hand. It is a strong symbol of hope, but also of naivety and innocence. The interpretation of the central panel is strongly linked to the two side panels.

On the right, we find an enormous balloon that flies in the air and creates a contrast with the blue of the clear sky. Nothing can affect the future, there are no obstacles between the balloon and freedom.

While the left panel lends itself to a more pessimistic and destructive lecture. On this wall, we find a huge needle, ready to pierce the balloon, shatter dreams and hopes.

Mehdi’s ultimate goal is to convey the importance of hope in our lives, energy and life force that manages to make us give our best every day that passes.

“In my opinion, our world at the moment is deeply in need of hope in these world economic anxiety situation.”

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