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New public art installation unveiled at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre

New public art installation unveiled at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre

Qatar Museums (QM) and the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) unveiled the installation of a monumental new artwork at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre (DECC).

Titled ‘Smoke’, the artwork is the latest addition to QM’s collection and is a large-scale sculpture designed in 1967 by American artist Tony Smith and is exhibited posthumously (Smith passed away in 1980). The giant, two-tiered aluminium sculpture is painted black and stands at 24 feet tall. It is a combination of geometric components, including five tetrahedrons and forty-five extended octahedrons.

The sculpture’s powerful form was based on the artist’s fascination with geometry and the morphology of organic shapes like crystals and honeycombs. ‘Smoke’ is a celebration of the triangle – the base unit, which creates a strong and dominating sculpture.

Tony Smith (1912-1980) was an American sculptor, visual artist, architectural designer, and a noted theorist on art.  He made more than fifty large-scale sculptures in the final two decades of his life.

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