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The scenic Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, future site of a new Richard Serra sculpture commission
The scenic Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, future site of a new Richard Serra sculpture commission

NEW RICHARD SERRA SCULPTURE SET FOR QATAR

June 2, 2011

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A vertical steel sculpture by Richard Serra is planned for the new 68-acre waterfront park being designed by the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, which is scheduled to debut on Dec. 16, 2011. The still-untitled Serra work, which is a permanent installation for the park, is the artist’s first public artwork in the Middle East.

“It is my hope that the sculpture will provide both a public place and a private space for people to gather and experience the narrow, vertical, open column in relation to themselves, the Museum of Islamic Art, the city of Doha, the surrounding sea, and the sky as seen through the opening at the top of the sculpture,” Serra said in a statement.

The park is part of the Qatar Museum Authorities’ plans to transform the area into a year-round tourist attraction, with restaurants, film screenings, sports events and art workshops.

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