Qatar this week unveiled a new public art installation at Hamad International Airport (HIA).

Called the ‘Falcon’, the golden bird was created by Tom Claassen. The unveiling was announced by Qatar Museums Chairperson, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani on Twitter:

We are proud to unveil today a new public art ‘Falcon’ by Tom Claassen at @HIAQatar depicting the national bird of #Qatar. The artist took inspiration from the soft falcon’s feathers and the more vivid lines mimic the airline’s routes from Qatar to the rest of the world.

As well as the curves that can be found in Arabic calligraphy and the folds in fabric of traditional attire. The Falcon sits on a ledge at the Airport, exuding royalty with its gold finish. You can also find Qatar’s national animal 8 Oryx’s by the artist at the arrivals hall.

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