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Posted On: 19 May 2022 03:00 pm
Updated On: 19 May 2022 03:20 pm

Public art installations to check out at Hamad International Airport (HIA)

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Hamad International Airport (HIA) has been nominated once again to compete for the Skytrax Award for Best Airport in the World 2022. It won the title last year.

Did you know that this beautiful airport also houses a number of art pieces that have been installed over the years? Let’s take a look at these unique art installations (in alphabetical order) by world-renowned artists and learn more about them.

Be sure to check them out on your way out of Qatar or when you are there!

A Message of Peace to the World by Ahmed Al Bahrani

A Message of Peace to the World by Ahmed Al Bahrani
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A Message of Peace to the World is by Iraqi artist Ahmed Al Bahrani and represents the logo of ROTA (Reach Out to Asia), a Qatari non-profit organization that supports education in Asia. It can be found at the Passenger Train's South Node station.

Arctic Nurseries of El Dorado by Marc Quinn

Arctic Nurseries of El Dorado by Marc Quinn
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You will spot this art installation at the check-in hall at the airport. This completely white-coloured piece is put together using a number of bronze sculptures that represent hybrid plants and vegetation.

COSMOS by Jean-Michel Othoneil

COSMOS by Jean-Michel Othoneil
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COSMOS is by the French artist Jean-Michel Othoneil. It depicts a series of spheres interlinked to represent the different travellers from around the globe. This piece will capture your attention at first glance. It is located near Departures Concourses D & F.

Desert Horse by Ali Hassan

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This art sculpture was created by Qatari artist Ali Hassan. This represents the Arabian horse in the form of calligraphy. This art piece is located outside the Arrivals Meet and Greet Hall, Gate 3.

Falcon by Tom Claassen

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An art installation by the Dutch artist, this is a fairly new addition to the different art pieces at HIA. Known as the Falcon, this is installed at the ledge of the departure entrance to the airport.

Lamp Bear by Urs Fischer

Lamp Bear by Urs Fischer
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This is probably the most recognizable art piece at HIA. This yellow bear by Swiss artist Urs Fischer welcomes people departing from the airport and you will see a number of people taking selfies with it. It is located at the heart of the airport, right after immigration and security.

Mappemondes by Adel Abdessemed

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By Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed, Mappemondes is made using tin cans found in the markets of Dakar and it represents the map of the world. It is at the Departures Concourse A and depicts the consequences of the throwaway culture of today’s world.

Oryx by Tom Claassen

Oryx by Tom Claassen
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Located at the arrivals hall, Oryx is another art installation by the Dutch artist Tom Claassen. It is a series of sculptures of the Oryx, which is a native animal of the Arabian Gulf and is also the national animal of Qatar.

Other Worlds by Tom Otterness

Other Worlds by Tom Otterness
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You will find a number of interactive bronze sculptures by American sculptor Tom Otterness at Departures Concourse C. This is a great installation for children to play and interact with the sculptures.

Small Lie by KAWS

Small Lie by KAWS
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Located at Departures Concourse E, Small Lie by KAWS is a gigantic sculpture standing over 30 feet tall. It was made in collaboration with Qatar Museums. Have you spotted this larger-than-life figure at HIA yet?

The Flying Man by Dia Al Azzawi

The Flying Man by Dia Al Azzawi
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The Flying Man is by Iraqi artist Dia al-Azzawi and was produced in collaboration with the Fonderia Artistica De Carli in Turin. It consists of two aluminium towers that are topped by two figures. These have been installed at the HIA passenger terminal.

Untitled by Rudolf Stingel

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This art installation is by the Italian artist Rudolf Stingel. The artist covered three surfaces with reflective, aluminium panels, and invited members of the construction team at HIA to draw on the soft walls at the time of the airport’s construction. “The walls were then cast in copper and electroplated with gold before a number of pieces were selected for permanent display at HIA”. You can find this at the Arrivals Meet and Greet Hall.

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