Rayyan: A Cosmic Bloom by Javid JAH and Quentin VerCetty is a forthcoming public artwork, soon to be on display in the City of Mississauga.
Javid JAH and Quentin VerCetty, Forthcoming (2023)
Park 535 (66 Elm Drive West)
Rayyan: A Cosmic Bloom is a dynamic gateway sculpture that explores the symbolic connections the community can share and exchange with the cosmos through the language of sacred geometry. The art piece offers a cultural exchange through the incorporation of Islamic architectural design elements and Afrofuturistic concepts represented through West African Akan adinkra symbols. Rayyan is a layered public art experience designed for people from all walks of life as it revisits traditional principles of the cosmos through contemporary innovations in technology.
As long-standing community-oriented interdisciplinary artists and designers, Javid JAH and Quentin VerCetty are joining forces to design and fabricate visually and culturally rich, inclusive public interventions. Their partnership started with mural productions in 2010 evolving into their first public art installation collaboration Rayyan: A Cosmic Bloom. The artistic structure blends Javid JAH’s inspiration from Islamic architecture and Quentin VerCetty’s Afrofuturistic symbolism. Together they explore ways to honour the metaphysical relationship between humans, the elements, and the cosmos.
The City of Mississauga has completed a Public Art process to commission a permanent public artwork to be installed in Park 535, at the corner of Kariya Drive and Elm Drive West. The Public Art Selection Committee, along with a public vote, selected the work “Rayyan: A Cosmic Bloom” by Javid JAH and Quentin VerCetty as the winning proposal. 800 respondents participated in the public voting process, which made up two votes out of seven in the art selection process, with 81% of respondents selecting Rayyan: A Cosmic Bloom as their favourite submission.
Installation is anticipated for the fall of 2023. To learn more visit the Project Page.