DIFC showcases 50 sculptures in a unique open-air format
In support of Dubai’s vision to turn the walls and streets of the emirate into an open art gallery, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is transforming into an open-air art gallery with the unveiling of DIFC Sculpture Park, which will remain open to the public until 30 June 2022.
DIFC Sculpture Park’s theme of Harmony of Different Voices is a celebration of UAE’s 50th year anniversary and is aligned to support local and international artists who have contributed to the past, present and future of the nation.
Bringing together a diverse portfolio of artists showcasing 65 works of art including sculptures and paintings, the park will feature 50 sculptures, some of which has also taken inspiration from Expo 2020 Dubai, portraying the cultural diversity and richness of UAE in the past 50 years.
Arif Amiri: “DIFC has been developed into a vibrant urban destination”
“Over the years, DIFC has been developed into a vibrant urban destination promoting innovation, harmonious living and sustainability,” said Arif Amiri, CEO of DIFC Authority.
“We are transforming DIFC into a unique sculpture park that will continue to shape the emirate’s growing open-air art movement whilst attracting international artists to the Centre.”
Works will be featured from well-established galleries such as Leila Heller Gallery, Firetti Gallery and AWC Gallery, as well from independent artists.
Some of the artworks on display will include Richard Hudson’s Unwind, where the reflective services absorb their surroundings and encourage visitors to engage with the space and immerse themselves in the artwork; Wim Delvoye’s Le Denicheurdes Aigles, which was made specifically for the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels; Azza Al Qubaisi’s Alphabet of Life, which allows the viewer to experience walking through a palm oasis representing social solidarity, growth and prosperity; Mert Ege Kose’s Sculpture 1 / 2, a metal statue that helps find the depth of problems and techniques; Ahmet Gunestekin’s Gelene-ek –Horse that brings tradition into the present; and Sacha Jafri’s Lyricism Entwined.
The park offers a self-guided tour for visitors who can learn about each artwork at their own pace through informative labels. It is open to the public and entry is free of charge.