Crescent

Submitted by Joe O'Connell

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Client: Four Seasons Abu Dhabi

Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Completion date: 2017

Project Team

Artist

Ashwaq al Hosani

Overview

Crescent is an art piece inspired by the crescent symbol that is used to represent the moon in the first quarter of its lunar phase. The crescent shape has been used throughout history in cultures around the world but is strongly associated with the Islamic faith. At night, the sculpture comes alive with colorful lights and illuminating the calligraphic words for visitors entering the hotel. The lights are customizable, so the hotel can change the colors in honor of special guests or holidays.

Goals

The intention of this sculpture is to make the crescent shape three-dimensional and use it as a symbol to welcome visitors to the Four Seasons hotel and to the United Arab Emirates.

Process

This piece was a collaboration with Emirati artist Ashwaq al Hosani who developed the design for the calligraphy which is wrapped around the sculpture. The calligraphic design is Ashwaq’s interpretation of a poem by Sheik Zayed, the founder of the UAE.