The heech is a sculptural rendition of the Persian word for "nothing".
This piece by Parviz Tanavoli says it all. The heech is a sculptural rendition of the Persian word for "nothing".
As a physical shape it has an appealing volume; it has a head, eyes and a very beautiful body, yet, it’s nothing…
Originally created as a reaction against the Saqqakhana School, which he felt had lost its purity and become increasingly commercialized, these sculptures are deeply rooted in Rumi's mystical poetry, visualizing the Sufi belief that God creates everything from nothing.
In Tanavoli’s mind, it was not life that amounted to nothing, but rather nothing which brimmed with life itself.
"Become Nothing and He’ll turn you into everything.
Knock, and He’ll open the door.
Vanish, and He’ll make you shine like the Sun.
Fall, and He’ll raise you to the Heavens.
Become Nothing, and He’ll turn you into Everything!"