Qatar Museums Unveils New Public Artworks with Support from Ashghal
As part of its plans to transform the nation’s landscape into a vast outdoor art museum experience, Qatar Museums, in collaboration with the Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar (Ashghal), recently installed several public artworks across the city.
The newly installed public artworks include
- Doha Mountains (2022) by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. The artwork is on view along Doha’s Ras Abou Aboud beachfront near 974 Stadium and echoes the Olympic Ring colours that encircle the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum.
- The Doha Modern Playground (2022) is a site-responsive playground inspired by a group of six key modernist buildings in Doha. The installation is created by Shezad Dawood at Al Masrah Park.
- Kuwaiti artist Monira Al Qadiri’s Zephyr (2022) is a large-scale recreation of a microscopic organism seen in fossilised marine algae found in the Arabian Peninsula. It is located along West Bay’s North Beach.
- Here We Hear (2022) is a series of sculptures by Korean artist Suki Seokyeong Kang at Corniche Park. Each individual sculpture provides shelter and an open square where individuals, families and communities can share their own history.
- Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto’s immersive installation Slug Turtle, TemplEarth (2022) pays homage to the natural environment and creates a space for meditation, reflection and communion between visitors and the spirit of the desert. The public art is a structure in Al Zubarah comprising eight football goal frames in an octagonal ring, centred on a ceramic earth globe sculpture and surrounded by a vast surface made of white crocheted netting.
- Al Jassasiya (2022) by Qatari artist Salman Al-Malik is an installation inspired by the seaport, located on the northeast coast of Qatar. The sculpture sits at Al Dastour Plaza.
- Toub Toub Ya Bahar (2022) which can be found at the Corniche waterfront, is created by Qatari artist Salman Al-Malik, inspired by an old song from Qatar and the Gulf. It translates to Oh sea, have mercy on the sailors! The song is about waiting and is sung by women in the community, for their sailors and divers.
- Standing over 21 metres tall and stretching over 31 metres long, Jeff Koons’s inflatable Dugong (2022) is a mammoth form gliding effortlessly through a marine habitat, a new icon at the Corniche for celebrating Qatar’s natural heritage.
- Qatar-based Iraqi artist Ahmed Al Bahrani celebrates a Dugong Family in Al Ruwais, highlighting the dugong’s significance as part of Qatar’s history and commitment to protecting the species.
- Acacia-Tree Seeds (2022) by Qatari Artist Mohammed Al Atiq, symbolises the good and bad nature of human beings and highlights the duality of humanity and art, by depicting the seeds from the Acacia Tree.
- Milestones (2022) by Qatari artist Shua’a Ali in Grand Hamad Street is inspired by construction debris and location marks (Neshan) found in both urban and desert environments. The installation is a conceptual representation of an important period in the economic history of Qatar.
Qatar Museums Director of Public Art Abdulrahman Ahmed Al-Ishaq said it was an honour to partner with Ashghal to instal these incredible artworks by celebrated artists.
According to Engineer Mohammad Arqoub Al Khaldi from Ashghal, displaying artworks in public places such as parks and beaches is a part of their commitment to increasing the presence of art around us.
We look forward to further expanding the cooperation between the Committee and Qatar Museums in this regard as this plays a big role in highlighting Qatar’s cultural identity to visitors but also benefits the citizens and residents of Qatar.
Throughout 2022, Qatar Museums has installed over 40 new and commissioned public artworks across Doha in a variety of public spaces including parks and shopping areas, educational and athletic facilities, Hamad International Airport and Metro Stations, as well as select stadiums that are hosting the FIFA World Cup™ matches.
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