The Emaar Boulevard landscape has a new addition, or rather 10 new additions, to it. Downtown Dubai has got itself more cultural power with the unveiling of famous Spanish sculptor Xavier Corbero’s Gathering, a collection of ten sculptures made of basalt.
Commissioned by Samia Saleh, the owner of Courtyard Gallery, the sculptures were unveiled by Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties on 6 December 2011.
Weighing over 20 tonnes, the ten figurines, which are artistic interpretations of the human form, are larger than life but not too big, in line with Corbero’s vision that “people should relate to the sculptures, especially in urban places, as a part of life, and not put up on pedestals.”
The sculptures have the Burj Khalifa as their backdrop, and Corbero (who had Salvador Dali as one of his early patrons) feels that this creates a special connection. “Burj Khalifa is a beauty. I think it is the most beautiful building in the world now and it is going to be for a long time. I see a beautiful relationship between Burj Khalifa and Gathering. I looked around the building and found this spot that was perfect for the sculptures. I want to evoke the feeling of nature, imagination and reality.”
Gathering adds to the existing collection of sculptures in Downtown Dubai including figurative artist Fernando Botero’s Horse 2007, Kuwaiti sculptor Sami Mohamed Al Saleh’s Al Sidra and Syrian artist Lutfi Romhein’s Together.