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Posted On: 24 November 2022 08:00 am
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New public art installations to check out in Qatar

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Qatar's art scene has thrived in the past few years, with more and more new exhibitions and museums featuring international and local artists' work.

Several public art installations have been launched this year in anticipation of the influx of visitors arriving in Qatar for the World Cup.

The ILoveQatar.net (ILQ) team has created a list of new public art installations to check out here!

Doha Mountains

Doha Mountains
Image credit: Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

The 'Doha Mountains' sculpture is a new public art installation that will greet visitors to the newly opened Ras Bu Aboud Beach 974. The installation is by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone and features rows of stacked stones in the colours of the Olympic Rings, symbolizing the nation's love of sports.

  • Location: Ras Bu Aboud Beach 974
  • Artist: Ugo Rondinone

Milestones

Milestones by Shua’a Ali
Image credit: Shua'a Ali

Representing an important part of Qatari history is the 'Milestones' installation located at the Grand Hamad Plaza – Node 2. The sculpture is Qatari artist Shua'a Ali's ode to the pearl diving trade that shaped the early Qatari economy and how recent developments have made Qatar into what it is today.

  • Location: Grand Hamad Plaza – Node 2
  • Artist: Shua'a Ali

Tawazun

Tawazun by Shua’a Ali
Image credit: Shua'a Ali

Another masterpiece by Shua'a Ali is the Tawzun installation made purely of granite, sandstone, limestones and pebbles. The artwork is inspired by the debris of Qatar's urban and desert environments.

  • Location: Sikkat Al Wadi, Msheireb, Downtown Doha
  • Artist: Shua'a Ali

Us, Her, Him

Us, Her, Him
Image credit: Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

Us, Her, Him by Najla El Zein can be found at the newly inaugurated Flag Plaza near the Museum of Islamic Art. The piece comprises 313 meters of hand-sculpted limestone and symbolizes human connections, diversity and the coming together of people in Qatar. The Flag Plaza is the perfect backdrop for this masterpiece.

  • Location: Flag Plaza
  • Artist: Najla El Zein

Doha Modern Playground

Doha Modern Playground
Image credit: Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

British-Pakistani artist Shezad Dawood creates an ode to Qatar's beloved architecture and iconic buildings with the Doha Modern Playground. The installation is designed to inspire children and create a space for play.

The buildings that inspired the playground are Qatar National Theater & Ministry of Information, Sheraton Grand Doha, Qatar University, Qatar Post Office, Gulf Hotel, and Dar Al Kutub.

  • Location: Qatar National Theater
  • Artist: Shezad Dawood

Moutons de Pierre

Moutons de Pierre
Image credit: Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

"Moutons de Pierre" is a public art installation of sheep sculptures that are now grazing Katara Hills. The installation is by French artist Francois-Xavier Lalanne and is a celebration of the legacy of the Qatar-France 2020 Year of Culture.

  • Location: Katara Hills
  • Artist: Francois-Xavier Lalanne

Hahn

Hahn
Image credit: Qatar Museums

German artist Katharina Fritsch's iconic bright blue Hahn/Cock now sits at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention. The massive rooster symbolizes pride, power, or prowess.

  • Location: Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention
  • Artist: Katharina Fritsch

Shadows Traveling on the Sea of the Day

Shadows Traveling on the Sea of the Day
Image credit: Olafur Eliasson

A public art installation well worth the road trip is the Shadows Traveling on the Sea of the Day by Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson located just north of Al Zubarah.

Placed in axes of a fivefold symmetrical pattern in the desert, the underside of the circular structures is decorated with mirror panels. The installation creates an illusion linking the real landscape with the reflected visuals.

  • Location: North of Al Zubarah
  • Artist: Olafur Eliasson

Maqam I, Maqam II, Maqam III

Maqam I, Maqam II, Maqam III
Image credit: Qatar Museums

Lebanese artist Simone Fattal crafted three sculptures out of blue-coloured granite that resemble geographical landmarks. They appear to look like dunes or tents representing Qatar's landscape and history.

  • Location: North of Al Zubarah
  • Artist: Simone Fattal

Slug Turtle, TemplEarth

Slug Turtle, TemplEarth
Image credit: Qatar Museums

Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto brings an immersive art installation in the desert titled Slug Turtle, TemplEarth. The piece pays homage to Qatar's rich natural environment. The installation is a structure composed of football goal frames with a ceramic earth globe sculpture in the center and surrounded by white crocheted netting.

  • Location: North of Al Zubarah
  • Artist: Ernesto Neto

Acacia-Tree Seed

Acacia Tree Seed
Image credit: Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

Qatari artist Mohammed Al Ateeq's Acacia-Tree Seed art installation represents the duality of man, and the good and bad nature of human beings through art.

  • Location: Qatar Post Office
  • Artist: Mohammed Al Ateeq

Family of Dugongs

Family of Dugongs
Image credit: Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

Iraqi artist Ahmed Al Bahrani created a massive sculpture of a family of dugongs at Al Ruwais Beach. Qatar is home to the world's second-largest population of dugongs, and this sculpture celebrates that.

  • Location: Al Ruwais
  • Artist: Ahmed Al Bahrani

Zephyr

Zephyr
Image credit: Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

Qatar has made significant progress in preserving and nurturing its natural marine life. Kuwaiti artist Monira Al Qadiri's Zephyr lighted art installation celebrates that by adding a glow to Doha's coastline.

  • Location: West Bay North Beach
  • Artist: Monira Al Qadiri

Come Together

Come Together
Image credit: Qatar Foundation

The 12-meter tall installation entitled 'Come Together' at Qatar Foundation celebrates how football unites people. Dandelions inspire the shape, and the footballs represent the people who come together for the sport and will soon fly away in different paths.

The installation also uses helmets from workers who have helped prepare for the World Cup in Qatar.

  • Location: Qatar Foundation
  • Artist: Choi Jeong Hwa

Al-Jassasiya

Al Jassasiya
Image credit: Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

Salman Al-Malek's colourful sculpture in Al Rufaa commemorates the Al Jassasiya Rock Art Site in an urban setting. It represents the markings left by pearl divers who once resided there.

  • Location: Al Rufaa
  • Artist: Salman Al-Malek

Toub Toub Ya Bahar

Toub Toub Ya Bahar
Image credit: Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

Toub Toub Ya Bahar is Salman Al-Malek's beautiful homage to Qatari women of the past, present, and future. Located at the Doha Corniche, the West Bay skyline provides a stunning backdrop to the reflective sculpture.

  • Location: Doha Corniche
  • Artist: Salman Al-Malek

Yayoi Kusama in MIA Park

Yayoi Kusama
Image credit: Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

Check out Yayoi Kusama's stunning colourful sculptures at MIA Park! This sculpture commemorates Qatar's strong relations with Japan. The colourful patterns of the unique shapes cultivate wonder and curiosity.

  • Location: MIA Park
  • Artist: Yayoi Kusama

The Promise

The Promise
Image credit: Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

Popular world-renowned artist, Kaws, creates a beautiful sculpture that represents the current generation's promise to the youth to preserve the earth and all its glory.

  • Location: Dadu Garden
  • Artist: Kaws

Gigantic Dugong

Gigantic Dugong
Image credit: Qatar Creates

Another art installation celebrating one of Qatar's favourite sea creatures, Jeff Koon's gigantic dugong sculpture, may be visited at the Doha Corniche.

  • Location: Doha Corniche
  • Artist: Jeff Koons

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami
Takashi Murakami

A massive life-like balloon structure of Takashi Murakami is located at the Place Vendome Mall, where visitors can get an up-close and personal look at the artist.

  • Location: Doha Corniche
  • Artist: Takashi Murakami

Al Nehem

Al Nehem
Image credit: Qatari Diar

30-meter art installation of whale shark 'Al Nehem' rests between the Lusail Towers at Lusail Boulevard. The whale shark is comprised of aluminium and steel and is brought to life with lights and music, and is especially beautiful during the evening.

  • Location: Lusail Towers, Lusail Boulevard
  • Artist: Marco Balich

Egal

Egal Lusail
Image credit: Qatar Museums

The Egal, located in Lusail Marina Promenade, are suspended traditional headgear worn by men on top of the ghitra. The standing stance of the egal represents the respect of Qatar's leadership, especially during the blockade in June 2017. The varying heights of the egal represent the different generations that experienced it.

  • Location: Lusail Marina Promenade
  • Artist: Shouq Al Mana

Cover image credit: Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

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