The story behind the incredible colourful art around The Palm

The story behind the incredible colourful art around The Palm

25 Feb 2020

An animal lover's dream

You may have spotted one of the various colourful animals cropping up on the Palm, with geometric shapes and bright colours.

It’s all part of a project by a UAE-based artist from French Tunisia, Idriss B. 

These animals are all part of an art collection called, “The Art Collection,” and consist of six animals each with their own names.

  • The gorilla is named Mojo
  • The hawk is named Osi
  • Baloo is the bear
  • Diego the sabretooth
  • A bull called  Urus
  • And the playful crocodile Dundee.

This limited collection is on display now on the Palm Jumeirah and in DIFC.

The project is to show people that these animals are nothing to be scared of especially right now when the environmental issues that are constantly plaguing these species. 

What you need to know:

The artist uses polygonal shapes to build his fun animal statues and there are 15 ones to discover sitting on the palm. The statues can also be purchased for anywhere between AED10,000 to AED50,000 - some can be encrusted with gems or have a gold finish.

Idriss B started his career as a window designer for Coach and Dior until he was bedridden with gout and he started this artwork when he was bedridden and decided to sketch which was a childhood hobby of his. His wife and parents saw this and inspired him to start building these statues.

The story behind the incredible colourful art around The Palm

Don’t miss:

Make sure to stop by the DIFC so you can also see Mojo the gorilla standing proud and tall on his pedestal or Diego the sabretooth tiger crouching low at the Gate Avenue which is also in DIFC.

The story behind the incredible colourful art around The Palm