Aj­man set for new look with mu­rals

Khaleej Times - - FRONT PAGE - Afkar Ab­dul­lah Pho­tos by M. Sa­j­jad

aj­man — The Aj­man Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has com­pleted 80 per cent of its mu­ral works be­ing car­ried out by seven lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists. The art­works are part of the city’s Pulse beau­ti­fi­ca­tion project, which aims to achieve sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and en­hance the stan­dards and qual­ity of life in the emi­rate.

Speak­ing to Khaleej Times, Ab­dul­rah­man Mo­hammed Al Nuaimi, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the Aj­man Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, said that the project was launched un­der the pa­tron­age of Sheikh Rashid bin Hu­maid Al Nuaimi, chair­man of the Aj­man Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and Plan­ning De­part­ment, to cre­ate a dis­tinc­tive im­age for the emi­rate and pro­mote it as an im­por­tant tourist des­ti­na­tion.

The seven artists also col­lab­o­rated with a sculp­ture com­pany for the de­sign as­pect. “The team that over­sees the project has de­vel­oped an ac­cu­rate plan to choose the qual­ity of mu­rals to re­flect life in the emi­rate, its his­tory, and au­then­tic iden­tity,” Al Nuaimi added.

The first three-di­men­sional paint­ing on a build­ing’s façade in Al Nakheel is the largest paint­ing of its kind in the coun­try. A French artist, who goes by the name Shuck2, pulled it off in an un­con­ven­tional way, in record time, to best suit the paint­ing to the emi­rate and at­tract passersby with its at­trac­tive colours and dis­tinc­tive im­agery. Dr. Mo­hammed Ahmed bin Omair Al Muhairi, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Sec­tor at the Aj­man Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, said the project progress is on sched­ule.

Among the no­table mu­rals are artist Rami Zaghoui’s beau­ti­ful work of horses that be­long to Sheikh Am­mar bin Hu­maid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Aj­man and Chair­man of the Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil, at Aj­man Park. “Th­ese horses have won global prizes in sev­eral im­por­tant tour­na­ments,” Dr Al Muhairi com­mented.

In­ter­na­tion­ally fa­mous artist eL Seed has ac­com­plished a unique mas­ter­piece us­ing Ara­bic cal­lig­ra­phy, in­cor­po­rat­ing a state­ment by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sul­tan Al Nahyan, founder of the UAE, made dur­ing his speech on the oc­ca­sion of the first Na­tional En­vi­ron­ment Day in 1998. It says: “Our fa­thers and grand­fa­thers lived on this land and co­ex­isted with its en­vi­ron­ment on land and sea and re­alised in­stinc­tively and sen­si­bly the need to pre­serve it and take away from it as much as they need and leave the rest for the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to be able to find a source of good.”

Ac­cord­ing to Dr Al Muhairi, an­other artist Zia Al­lam has com­pleted a unique mu­ral in the shape of a spi­ral, formed from the words of the poem Pos­i­tive En­ergy by His High­ness Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Vice-Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. “The poem urges peo­ple be pos­i­tive all the time and strengthen their de­ter­mi­na­tion and hope,” he ex­plained. The re­main­ing mu­rals will be com­pleted by the artists by the end of July.

Artist Fa­tima Al Ali will be fin­ish­ing a paint­ing de­pict­ing pop­u­lar tra­di­tional games of the UAE, while Ma­jid Ahmed’s mu­ral, show­cased on the pil­lars of the Sheikh Hu­maid bridge, is set to re­flect the em­ri­ate’s iden­tity.

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A mu­ral on the fa­cade of a build­ing in Aj­man’s Al Nakheel area de­picts a horse amid a colour­ful back­ground. The new art­works typ­i­cally pop with colour and en­ergy, in­stantly catch­ing peo­ple’s at­ten­tion.

Fa­mous artist eL Seed’s work us­ing Ara­bic cal­lig­ra­phy de­picts a quote by Sheikh Zayed, founder of the UAE, in Al Bus­tan area.

The new 3D mu­ral by artist Shuck2 is seen on a build­ing in Aj­man’s Karama area. The artist pulled it off in the most un­con­ven­tional style, us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of al­pha­bets that seem­ingly project out­ward.

A close-up of the 3D mu­ral, ap­pear­ing to project out of the build­ing if seen from cer­tain an­gles. The new Aj­man pub­lic art­works aim to cre­ate a dis­tinct im­age for the emi­rate and pro­mote tourism.

This stun­ning spi­ral mu­ral on Lee­wara build­ing in Al Bus­tan area ac­tu­ally de­picts words from one of Sheikh Mo­hammed’s po­ems.

A view from the base of the build­ing show­ing of eL Seed’s won­der­fully com­plex cal­lig­ra­phy in full glory.

How about a bit of pop art? This one by Ju­lia Rio shows shapes and an­gles on a res­i­den­tial build­ing, ad­ding colour to the area.

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