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Qatar’s commitment to cultural excellence extends to a range of impressive public art installations around the country featuring thought provoking works by leading international artists.

East-West/West-East

Nestled between limestone rock formations outside Zekreet, just north of Doha, lies Richard Serra’s East-West/West-East installation.  Comprising of four steel plates, each of which is over 14m in height, the installation spans over 1km.  It stands in stark contrast to the soft brown hues of the desert surrounding it, and offers a comment on isolation and the passage of time.  

Public art

Address

Brouq Nature Reserve

Phone

+974 4452 5555

Website

https://www.qm.org.qa/en/project/east-west-west-east-richard-serra

Lamp Bear

One of several impressive sculptures at Hamad International Airport, Lamp Bear by Urs Fischer is centrally located in the duty-free area. The plush 23-foot yellow teddy bear sculpted from bronze, sits under a lamp. Both humorous and comforting, the piece reminds travellers of childhood or precious objects from home. 

Public art

Address

Hamad International Airport, Departure Level

Phone

+974 4010 6666

Website

https://dohahamadairport.com/relax/art-exhibitions/lamp-bear

Maman

A giant spider made of marble, bronze, and stainless steel, Maman by Louise Bourgeois explores the meaning of motherhood and strength, and can be found inside the Qatar National Convention Centre.

Public art

Address

Qatar National Convention Centre

Phone

+974 4452 5555

Website

https://www.qm.org.qa/en/project/maman-louise-bourgeois

Gandhi’s Three Monkeys

Centrally located in Katara Cultural Village, Gandhi’s Three Monkeys by Subodh Gupta features three head shaped sculptures in military gear: one wears a gas mask, another a soldier’s helmet, and the third a terrorist’s hood. Each piece is made of cooking implements, used pails, traditional Indian lunch boxes and glass bowls. Together, the Three Monkeys recall Gandhi’s metaphor of the three monkeys that ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’.

Public art

Address

Katara Cultural Village

Phone

+974 4452 5555

Website

https://www.qm.org.qa/en/project/gandhis-three-monkeys-subodh-gupta

'7’

Soaring nearly 80-feet above MIA Park, 7 at the Museum of Islamic Art Park, by Richard Serra, is a steel homage to the spiritual significance of the number seven in Islamic culture.

Public art

Address

MIA Park, the Corniche, Doha

Phone

+974 4452 5555

Website

https://www.qm.org.qa/en/project/7-richard-serra

Cosmos

Cosmos by Othoniel is an artistic interpretation of the world’s oldest surviving Islamic astrolabe, which can be seen at the Museum of Islamic Art. Symbolising the path of travellers, the gilded steel installation also emulates warmth and sunlight, and is one of several impressive sculptures at Hamad International Airport.

Public art

Address

Hamd International Airport, North Node, near concourses D and E

Phone

+974 4010 6666

Website

https://dohahamadairport.com/art/%E2%80%98cosmos%E2%80%99-internationally-acclaimed-french-artist-jean-michel-othoniel

8 Oryxes

8 Oryxes at Hamad International Airport’s arrivals hall depict the Arabian Oryx, Qatar’s national animal in a herd. The installation, by Tom Claasen, is humorous and telling – a statement about the era of mass travel.

Public art

Address

Hamad International Airport, Arrivals Meet and Greet Hall, towards the taxi pavilion in the East

Phone

+974 4010 6666

Website

https://dohahamadairport.com/relax/art-exhibitions/8-oryxes

Perceval

Perceval, a bronze of a life-size shire horse by Sara Lucas, can be seen in Aspire Park.  A cart with giant marrows cast in cement is hitched to Perceval, contrasting with the painted bronze of the horse itself. This is the artist’s only known piece of public art and is a homage to British culture.

Public art

Address

Aspire Park Running Trail

Phone

+974 4413 8188

Website

https://www.qm.org.qa/en/project/perceval-sarah-lucas

The Miraculous Journey

The Miraculous Journey at Sidra Medical and Research Centre comprises of 14 monumental bronze sculptures illustrating the development of a foetus. Damien Hirst’s installation attests to the beauty of an extraordinary process. 

Public art

Address

Sidra Medical Centre

Phone

+974 4003 3333

Website

https://www.qm.org.qa/en/project/miraculous-journey-damien-hirst

The Challenge 2015

A series of bronze sculptures depicting larger-than-life hands reaching for the sky, The Challenge 2015 by Ahmed El Bahrani, can be seen at the Lusail Multi-Purpose Hall.

Public art

Address

Lusail Multipurpose Hall

Phone

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Website

http://www.qm.org.qa/en/blog/challenge-and-other-public-art

The Force of Nature II

The Force of Nature II at the Katara Amphitheatre is a large bronze sculpture by Lorenzo Quinn depicting Mother Nature as a woman hurling the planet in circles. 

Public art

Address

Katara Cultural Village, Amphitheatre

Phone

+974 4408 0000

Website

https://www.lorenzoquinn.com/portfolio-items/the-force-of-nature-2-qatar/

Smoke

Smoke by Tony Smith, sits at the entrance to the Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre (DECC). Open and inviting, profound yet serene, the giant geometric components of this 24 foot tall sculpture dominate the space.

Public art

Address

Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre (DECC) in West Bay

Phone

+974 4033 1111

Website

https://www.qm.org.qa/en/project/smoke-tony-smith

Desert Horse

Located outside the arrivals hall at Hamad International Airport, the Desert Horse by Ali Hassan Al-Jaber captures the spirit of travel and the flow of movement, in a nod to the Bedouin use of horses for travel.  The artwork offers an interpretation of the iconic desert horse and represents different forms of the Arabic letter “ن” (“n”). 

Public art

Address

Hamad International Airport, arrivals meet and greet hall, gate number 3.

Phone

+974 4010 6666

Website

https://dohahamadairport.com/relax/art-exhibitions/desert-horse

Pouce

Pouce by César Baldaccini is a giant thumb marking a crossroads in Souq Waqif. Its highly polished bronze patina reflects the surrounding light, and is a cheeky addition to the traditional marketplace.

Flying Man

Designed by Dia al-Azzawi, the Flying Man at Hamad International Airport consists of two sculptures commemorating flight.  Both are inspired by Bin Firnas or Armen Firman, an early experimentor with flight whose derring-do included leaping from the Great Mosque in Cordoba in 852 AD to test his new machine made of a silk cloak reinforced with wooden rods to form wings.

Public art

Address

Hamad International Airport, Arrivals Meet and Greet Hall, on the East and West ends

Phone

+974 4010 6666

Website

https://dohahamadairport.com/relax/art-exhibitions/flying-man-iraqi-artist-dia-al-azzawi

Enchanted East

This whimsical carousel by Dia al-Azzawi features 40 seats shaped like animals and inspired by the Museums of Islamic Art’s permanent collection. 

Public art

Address

MIA Park, the Corniche, Doha

Phone

+974 4452 5555

Website

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