Qatar Museums, in collaboration with Qatari Diar and Msheireb Properties, has announced two upcoming new art installations as part of the second edition of the 5/6 initiative, which invites artists to conceptualise and propose a permanent public artwork that explores artistic interpretations of social cohesion and solidarity.
To continue the legacy, Qatar Museums’ Public Art department commissioned Qatari artists Shouq Al Mana and Shua’a Ali to exhibit their first public art installations in Lusail Marina, and in Msheireb Downtown Doha on Sikkat Al Wadi (next to Arabica).
Shouq Al Mana’s sculpture entitled Egal serves as a tribute to Qatar’s history, traditions and cultural heritage. The “egal” is traditionally a headpiece worn by Qatari males as a part of the national attire. It carries various profound meanings under different contexts. The subtle tilt of the egal expresses the movement of raising the egal as a sign of appreciation by the Qatari people and Qatar’s residents to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al- Thani, His Highness the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and the Qatari government for the developments they have achieved in numerous fields.
Tawazin by Shua’a Ali a pillar that symbolises the progression of Qatar, is constructed of various materials including granite, sandstone, limestones and pebbles that come with both organic and geometric shapes to form an aesthetical and conceptual dialogue.
The sculpture signifies the balance between traditional and modern elements in our everyday life. Using both modern and old construction materials, it marks the balance in contemporary local civic and architectural accomplishments. This large-size sculpture is a statement of balance signifying the importance of maintaining equilibrium between traditional and modern elements as Qatar continues to develop and flourish.
The 5/6 initiative is open to Qatari artists and artists of any nationality who are based in Qatar and hold a valid Qatar residency permit. For more information about Qatar Museums public art initiatives, please visit www.qm.org.qa/en/area/public-art
Source: Press Release
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