Qatar’s commitment to cultural excellence extends to a range of impressive public art installations by leading international artists around the country. These include:
  • Ahmed El Bahrani: The Challenge 2015 at the Lusail Multi-Purpose Sports Hall
    The Challenge is a series of bronze sculptures which depict a number of larger-than life hands reaching for the sky. The impressive sculpture sits outside the Multipurpose Hall and has become synonymous with the ideals of both athletes and visitors who often stop to take photographs.
  • Anne Geddes: Healthy Living from the Start at HMC Women’s Hospital
    A series of photographs portray Qatari athletes with newborn babies and young children. The series is meant to evoke the power of human potential and features Qatari athletes like the rally driver and sport shooter Nasser Al Attiya, swimmer Nada Arakji, paralympion Ali Al Mass, as well as athletes Sheikha Reem Al Thani, Sheikh Ali bin Khalid Al Thani and Bahia Al Hamad
  • Damien Hirst: The Miraculous Journey at Sidra Medical and Research Centre
    Known throughout the world for a number of startling and challenging pieces - including rotting cows, sharks and sheep preserved in formaldehyde – Hirst’s installation at Sidra Medical and Research Centre speaks of the beauty of an extraordinary human process. 
  • El Seed: Calligraffiti at Salwa Road Tunnels
    Painted over the course of four months in 2013, El Seed’s graffiti art is in instantly recognizable feature for anyone travelling along one o the busiest roads in Qatar. His beautifully geometric and colorful compositions, influenced as much by Arabic art as they are Western art, have become one of the city’s most famous instances of public art. 
  • Lorenzo Quinn: The Force of Nature II at Katara Cultural Village
    Much commented on by visitors to Qatar, The Force of Nature is an aspiration piece which conjures both strength and fortitude. According to Quinn, the sculpture was inspired by a hurricane which ravaged the coast of Thailand. He decided to make a statue dedicated to the power of nature.  
  • Louise Bourgeois: Maman at Qatar National Convention Centre
    This unique spider sculpture sits in Qatar’s National Convention Centre and has proven to be immensely popular with both adults and children who are often stopped in their tracks. Bourgeois used the sculpture to explore the meaning of motherhood and strength. 
  • Richard Serra: East-West/West-East at Zikreet
    As a statement of intent, Serra’s piece says something profound about the size and scale of the Qatari landscape. As a piece of art, it is simply majestic. Ideally situated overlooking the ocean, Serra’s piece is an important comment on isolation and the passing of time. 
  • Richard Serra: 7 at the Museum of Islamic Art Park
    Serra’s first piece exhibited in Qatar stands near the already impressive Museum of Islamic Art. Known as the ‘7’ sculpture, it stands almost 80-feet tall and is made entirely of steel. The work was inspired by a minaret in Afghanistan.
  • Sara Lucas: Perceval at Aspire Park
    Adored by children who play in the park, Perceval is a bronze sculpture of a shire horse leading a cart containing giant marrows. Perceval is the artist’s only known piece of public art and an homage to British culture.
  • Subodh Gupta: Ghandhi‘s Three Monkeys at Katara Cultural Village
    A provocative study in contemporary thought, Gupta’s sculpture is a series of three sculptures showing heads wearing military gear. One head wears a gas mask, another wears a soldier’s helmet, and a final head wears a terrorist’s hood. 
  • Tom Claassen: Arabian Oryx at Hamad International Airport
    A series of sculptures featuring the Oryx, an antelope native to the Arabian Peninsula, acts like a herd in the arrivals hall of the airport. The installation is humorous and telling – signifying a statement about the era of mass travel. 
  • Tony Smith: Smoke at Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre
    This monumental sculpture can be found near the entrance of the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre. Smoke was designed in 1967 and was seen to be so important it was featured on the cover of TIME magazine in the same year. The sculpture stands 24 feet tall.
  • Urs Fischer: Lamp Bear at Hamad International Airport
    No one who has travelled to Hamad International Airport can fail to have been moved by Fischer’s bright yellow teddy bear. The installation is both humorous and comforting, a reminder of home and destination people are travelling to. 
  • Dia al-Azzawi: Flying Man at Hamad International Airport
    This consists of two sculptures, including Flying Man, based on the story of Bin Firnas, who was an early pioneer in experimenting with flight.

    The second sculpture is inspired by Armen Firman, a who leapt from the Great Mosque in Cordoba in 852AD to test his new machine made of a silk cloak reinforced with wooden rods to form wings.

  • Dia al-Azzawi: Enchanted East at MIA Park
    This beautiful carousel features 40 stunningly designed animal “seats” inspired as an homage to MIA’s iconic permanent collection.
    Yousef Ahmad (to Light, I, II and III), Etel Adnan (untitled) and Eduardo Chillida (Searching for Light IV) at Qatar University

    These works by three prominent Qatari, Lebanese and Spanish artists, respectively, represent a mixture of heritage and creativity. The works are installed in prime locations across the university grounds to inspire students, teaching staff and visitors.

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