“Protect” combines "Khamsa", the hand of Fatima and hand of Miriam, which dates back to Mesopotamia, with a bionic robot eye, symbolizing a very powerful message, "preserve your past to protect your future".
“Rise” depicts the flying carpet in its true mechanical form. It pays tribute to Abbas ibn Firnas, an inventor, physician, chemist, engineer, musician, and Arabic-language poet who is renowned for his successful attempt at human flight in the 8th century in Andalusia.
“Plan” is a literal metaphor of an old Arab proverb, "Time is like a sword, if you don't cut it, it will end up cutting you" and accents the blades of a chainsaw with Arabic calligraphy citing the famous saying.
خطِّط / PLAN
“Lead” is the head of the influential Grendizer made from various mechanical parts, suggesting that no leader can survive without the support of his people – hence only the head is visualized.
Inspired by Ismail al-Jazari, the most outstanding mechanical engineer and father of robotics who lived in the 10th century. “Proceed” showcases mechanical gears carved with the saying "Time is gold" in calligraphy, emphasizes that time is valuable and any culture that respects time will flourish.
“I stumbled upon Ashekman purely by chance two years ago – I was in Bur Dubai and came across an incredible Grendizer calli-graffiti that left me transfixed. Growing up I was fascinated by Grendizer, a Japanese anime television series and comic character and to see it here in Dubai was a great surprise and I wanted to meet the talent behind it. Thus started my fascination with the Ashekman collection. Not only are they incredibly talented but the philosophy driving them is rare and we are extremely proud to offer them a platform for their first ever mechanical art preview,” says Maximilian Büsser, Founder and Creator of the MB&F M.A.D.Gallery.