Qatar Museums unveils latest public art installations at Hamad International Airport
Under the patronage of its Chairperson, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Museums (QM) and Hamad International Airport (HIA) have added a number of renowned pieces of public art to the outstanding collection currently on display and enjoyed by passengers travelling through HIA.
Two new pieces have been installed by QM for passengers and visitors to experience at Qatar’s airport: “Al Koora”, created by volunteers from Qatari-based non-profit organisation Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) in collaboration with Qatari artists, and “Desert Horse”, a unique and striking sculpture by acclaimed Qatari artist Ali Hassan. This is Hassan’s third piece of art that now has a permanent home at HIA.
“Al Koora” is a project developed by the ROTA Volunteer programme. Forty children with special needs from seven different institutions collaborated with students from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCU-Q) and aspiring artists to create a work of art that represents Qatar through different elements. This reflects both the character of its people and secondly, its natural environment – in the past, present and future. Several paintings, drawings and poems were assembled to form this iconic standing landmark, created as a gesture of gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir of Qatar, for winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ bid.
Acclaimed Qatari artist Ali Hassan’s “Desert Horse” captures the history and the spirit of travel in Qatar in the past. The iconic sculpture, measuring 8m x 6m, was created using a range of intricate sculpting techniques to closely interpret the spirit of travel and the flow of movement, to signify how the Bedouins travelled in history. The artwork is an interpretation of the iconic desert horse and represents different forms of the Arabic letter “ن” (“n”).
QM has worked with local, regional and international artists for over six years to commission and acquire artworks for key locations in and around Hamad International Airport. The first international installation, “Lamp Bear” by Swiss artist Urs Fischer, was installed in a prominent location in the centre of the airport. Dutch artist Tom Claassen has produced a series of sculptures of the Oryx, an antelope native to the Arabian Peninsula, which appear as a herd in the arrivals hall of the airport. The airport currently also houses “Arctic Nurseries of El Dorado” by British artist Marc Quinn, and “Untitled” by Italian artist Rudolf Stingel.