Sculptures of Jeddah

"When a dream turns into reality and when ideas become facts, a person finds that he has to exert even more effort in keeping the vision alive. This is what it feels like to see the Jeddah Sculptures Open-Air Museum as it is now: a physical reality in the Central Corniche of the city of Jeddah. Nestled between the Al Anani Mosque in the south and the Al Salam Palace in the north, the Open-Air Museum boasts an area that exceeds 7,000 square metres. This great achievement demonstrates the admirable cooperation and coordination between Jeddah Municipality and Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI). The project enhances the aesthetics of the city, as it is the first open-air sculpture museum in Jeddah and one of the largest open-air museums in the world."

His Excellency Dr Hani Mohammed Abu Ras Mayor of Jeddah


Sculptures of Jeddah: Twentieth-Century sculpture in the the Arabian Peninsula

40 years ago, Jeddah mayor Mohamed Said Farsi transformed his city through an urban development scheme that placed contemporary art at its core. This was public art on a grand scale, designed 'to bring delight to the citizen, to give a sense of wonder and stir a sense of history'.

Works were commissioned from the world's greatest sculptors and this book documents the restoration and relocation of some 26 major works to a new Open Air Museum. It allows the world a unique glimpse into a city not easily visited and shows Saudi Arabia as a place of vision and innovation in art.

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