Internationally-acclaimed contemporary French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel, best known for his glass fountain sculptures at Château de Versailles, toured Hamad International Airport and visited his custom-made installation, COSMOS.

Othoniel Versailles

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.

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COSMOS by Jean-Michel Othoniel, located at the end of C concourse of Hamad International Airport


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 who come across it.

Jean-Michel Othoniel at the Doha Fire Station

Join the French artist in a presentation of his work and conversation moderated by Head of Public Art, Abdulrahman Al Ishaq, on 19 September, 7 pm at the Fire Station Cinema.

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