Qatar Foundation Unveils ‘Come Together’ – the Newest Public Art in Education City
Qatar Foundation Chairperson HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser inaugurated the newest addition to Qatar Foundation’s public art collection titled Come Together, during an event to celebrate the art installation.
The event was also attended by Qatar Foundation Vice Chairperson and CEO HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani and various ministers and delegates, alongside Qatar legacy ambassadors and former Qatari footballers Ahmed Khalil, Mubarak Mustafa, Khalid Salman, Adel Khamis, and Australian football legend Tim Cahill.
The event also featured various local and international artists, and the Qatar Academy Doha student choir, who performed Arhbo – a single from the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Official Soundtrack.
The colourful artwork Come Together is located near the Education City Stadium, and was designed by leading South Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa. The artist’s unique style, which garnered him international acclaim, is reflected in the installation which playfully combines materials from everyday life. The artwork is made up of workers’ helmets, mirror balls and found objects from Qatar.
The iconic stainless-steel installation resembles a dandelion spore – a visual metaphor representing the passion and joy of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ spectators in Qatar spreading all over the world.
As indicated by the title, Come Together pays homage to all those in Qatar who worked to realise the dream of hosting the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ both native and foreign.
According to Hwa, Come Together is about co-existence and symbiosis.
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ is a festival on a global stage, and a festival of this scale can’t be carried out alone. Therefore, this art piece is a declaration of co-existence, and of symbiosis within our community. Co-existence and symbiosis presuppose the realisation that we are all connected to each other.
Describing the shape of the art piece, he said that the artwork is inspired by the vitality and determination of survival of the dandelion, which is a weed, and the radiation of its seeds that fly far away in the wind, and then bloom.
The celebration was held at the site of the newly installed artwork, next to Khalifa Avenue, and thousands of football fans attending the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will soon see Come Together for themselves as they attend matches at the nearby Education City Stadium. Guests at the event also joined a public art tour as part of Art Trail, a guided tour of artworks around Education City.
A reflection of Qatar’s cultural heritage
By commissioning Come Together, QF is continuing to use public art to reflect Qatar’s cultural heritage, while also recognising and commemorating workers who have made an essential contribution to Qatar’s hosting of the first FIFA World Cup™ in the Middle East and the Arab world, ensuring their role is acknowledged in a prominent and lasting way with the installation remaining in place even after the tournament.
According to Qatar Foundation Art Portfolio Project Manager Layla Bacha, for them at Qatar Foundation, art is a tool for social improvement, a vehicle that not just sparks creativity, but also promotes culture and heritage, while also advocating for innovation, dialogue and exchange – elements recognised as important for the development of society.
Art can function as a bridge and connector between communities, interest groups disciplines and between academia and professional work, and spearhead a truly multidisciplinary and future-focused thought leadership in the arts.
The installation is among other art pieces around Education City that recognise the efforts of workers across all industries in Qatar, such as Faraj Daham’s permanent artwork Truck and Workers at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art; the temporary multimedia exhibition, Daydream Therapy by Qatari-American artist Sophia Al-Maria also at Mathaf; and the mural Between Memory, Desert and Sea by Douglas Cooper, Sarah Cooper, and Nina Gorfer, at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar.
Public art in Education City
Over the years, Qatar Foundation has invested in the set up of public art inside Education City – which is now home to more than 150 publicly available artworks. The aim is to use the impact and appeal of these public art installations to foster dialogue and cross-cultural understanding.
Come Together is one reflection of how Qatar Foundation is determined to spur dialogue on key social issues and to use its platforms and resources to affect change, whether through education, research, policymaking, or raising social awareness.
An array of recent public art installations unveilings around the country demonstrates Qatar’s ongoing commitment to being a cultural hub. Featuring thought-provoking works by leading international artists as well as works by local artists, this public art collection includes sculptures and murals, calligraphy, poetry, and photography.
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