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Posted On: 18 September 2018 08:16 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:01 pm

Newly-installed art piece at HIA reflects Qatar’s heritage and culture

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Jean Michel Othoniel

Internationally-acclaimed contemporary French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel, best known for modernizing the gardens of the Château de Versailles with his striking glass fountain sculptures, toured Hamad International Airport (HIA) and visited his custom-made installation, COSMOS.

COSMOS is inspired by the oldest astrolabe in the world, found in the collection of the Museum of Islamic Art. The installation is a tribute to this ancient object, using gold to gild the steel structure of the piece, evoking the warm light of the sun.

COSMOS is the latest addition to Qatar Museums’ rich portfolio of public art pieces, all curated by experts and created by some of the world’s most creative minds. QM’s public art programme aims to inspire audiences living and visiting Qatar by taking art outside the walls of traditional museums, evoking a sense of curiosity to all those that come across it.

Cover image courtesy of Qatar Museums