A gigantic iridescent, oil drill-shaped sculpture by Kuwaiti artist Monira Al Qadiri has launched a striking public art programme from Expo 2020 Dubai.
The scheme brings together 11 leading artists from the United Arab Emirates, region and the world.
Alongside Al Qadiri, the commissioned artists are Hamra Abbas, Afra Al Dhaheri, Shaikha Al Mazrou, Abdullah Al Saadi, Asma Belhamar, Olafur Eliasson, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Khalil Rabah, Yinka Shonibare and Haegue Yang.
The immersive contemporary artworks will form a creative journey around the public spaces of the event and will live on as part of the future city of District 2020.
As the first curated permanent open-air art exhibition in the country, it will leave a lasting impact.
The programme takes inspiration from the Arab mathematician, astronomer and physicist Ibn Al Haytham’s seminal work, Book of Optics (c. 11th century).
Ibn Al Haytham has been called “the father of modern optics” for his significant theories and foundational principles of optics and visual perception.
The concept of the programme provides a prism to view contemporary art creations and a context that allows an exploration of the philosophical aspect of his theories on visual perception, including…