Life Size Andalucian I, the newest sculpture in Downtown Dubai. Antonie Robertson / The National
Life Size Andalucian I, the newest sculpture in Downtown Dubai. Antonie Robertson / The National

By Anna Seaman  www.thenational.ae

In the shadow of the world’s tallest building, it is a little difficult to compete for attention. However, Emaar, the developers of the Burj Khalifa, have spent the three years since it opened filling the surrounding vicinity with a great variety of pieces of public art that are arguably taking their equal share of the limelight – at least for those of whom the enormous spike in the sky is an everyday sight.

Life Size Andalucian I, the newest sculpture in Downtown Dubai. Antonie Robertson / The National
Life Size Andalucian I, the newest sculpture in Downtown Dubai. Antonie Robertson / The National

In recent weeks, a mysterious baseball-bat-shaped sculpture has been erected on the boulevard that art enthusiasts say looks like a giant shawarma underneath its tarpaulin wrapping. Emaar is remaining tight-lipped as to what lies underneath it but say all will be revealed “very soon”.

The newest piece that is, however, accessible to viewers is Life Size Andalucian I by the South African sculptor Vincent Da Silva. Located in Burj Plaza overlooking the Dubai Fountain, the sculpture is almost two metres in height, capturing the power and energy of the horse it depicts, and reflects the great passion the people of the UAE have for equestrian culture.

Mohamed Alabbar, the chairman of Emaar Properties, said the piece is “not only a marvel in figurative sculpting but is also a tribute to the Arab world’s equestrian heritage and will appeal to all visitors”. More info

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