Islam Aly

Orientation Cube

Islam Aly

Orientation Cube



Edition Size



Laser Etching




Artist Book


3.25 × 3.25 × 4 in


Folding Box

$ 1,200.00

3 in stock

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Deutsche Nationalbibliothek

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30 sections with three folios. Colored and laser-engraved edges. Bound in laser-etched plexiglass. Two needle Coptic sewing and Coptic end bands with linen thread. Presented in a folding box with a gilded wooden cube and magnetic closure.

Orientation Cube is inspired by The Kaaba, a cuboid building at the center of Islam’s most sacred mosque, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is the most sacred point within this most sacred mosque, making it the most sacred location in Islam. Wherever they are in the world, Muslims are expected to face the Kaaba when performing prayers. In addition, as one of the Five Pillars of Islam, every Muslim is required to perform the hajj pilgrimage at least once in his or her lifetime, if one is able. Multiple parts of the hajj require pilgrims to make circumambulation seven times around the Kaaba. A tiny black cube is positioned at the center of the inner backboard, around which are concentric circles cut in the thirty sections of the book to reflect the process of circumambulation.