Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Ltd. (Oxy Qatar) and international calligraphy artist Sabah Arbilli, presented a National Day sculpture to HE Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Khalifa Al Thani, Minister of Municipality and Urban Planning, at a ribbon cutting ceremony on 16 December 2013 the Corniche.
Arbilli supervised the artwork design and creation of his sculpture with direct guidance from the Doha Municipality team. Arbilli said:
I am deeply honoured as an artist to contribute my sculpture to Qatar National Day celebrations. As an artist, I was inspired by a particular verse and its meaning from an exhibition I did last year based on Sheikh Jassim’s poetry. This particular verse inspired me to design the sculpture. Art is a universal dialogue, capturing the beauty and form within each piece, which is shared with an audience. This piece celebrates Qatar’s culture, history and captivates and draws the viewers to its presence. Qatar is very much an internationally growing country and it is attributes like this which make it more cosmopolitan on a global map.’
The stainless steel artwork, standing over six meters high, is a gift to the people of Qatar in celebration of the country’s upcoming National Day. The sculpture reflects the rich heritage of Qatar and offers an exceptional opportunity to enjoy the poetry of Qatar’s Founder as a unique work of art. Featuring a poem by Sheikh Jassim bin Mohamed Al Thani, written in Arabic calligraphy, the sculpture is the first of its kind in Qatar to showcase poetry from the nation’s Founder and the first public sculpture of this scale for the artist.
Oxy Qatar’s President and General Manager, Stephen Kelly, said:
For last year’s National Day, Oxy Qatar and Sabah joined together to present an exhibition of his ‘Al Moases’ artwork, inspired by the poetry of the Founder of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Jassim bin Mohamed Al Thani. During the course of that exhibition, Sabah was inspired by one of the Founder’s poems, and envisioned this sculpture to stand here on Doha’s beautiful corniche, looking out to the sea…Oxy is proud to have been able to help Sabah bring to fruition this unique celebration of the Founder’s poetry and his passion for creativity. In addition to promoting Qatar’s rich and vibrant heritage, Oxy supports Qatar’s goal to create dialogue and discourse through the stimulus of art and culture. We look forward to the rich discussion that Sabah’s sculpture will surely inspire in the year to come, with its unique fusion of calligraphy, history, poetry and sculpture.’
Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY). Oxy is one of the largest US oil and gas companies, based on market capitalisation. Oxy is the second-largest oil producer offshore Qatar, participating in three projects: Idd El Shargi North Dome, Idd El Shargi South Dome and Al Rayyan. In addition, Oxy is a partner in the Dolphin Gas Project, which supplies natural gas, produced from Qatar’s North Field and processed in Ras Laffan City, to customers in the UAE and Oman.
HE Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Khalifa Al Thani, Minister of Municipality and Urban Planning, said:
It is a pleasure on the occasion of celebrating the anniversary of the National Day of Qatar, to present the highest and deepest congratulations and blessings to HH The Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and HH The Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, and the noble people of Qatar , wishing to our beloved country and our loyal people, further growth, progress and prosperity. I am also pleased to celebrate the inauguration of the memorial monument reflecting some verses of the poem of the Founder of the modern State of Qatar, Sheikh Jassim bin Mohamed bin Thani, who managed his mind, wisdom, statesmanship, and political sagacity, to unite and deploy the tribes of the country under his banner and seize the hearts of the nation…In this occasion, I call upon all Qatari plastic arts painters to contribute their creative works in the design of physical models, murals and other works of art, to contribute together in making aesthetic touches on our cities.