Masahiro Hasegawa - Japan
- Medium: Stainless steel with glass drops of water
- Flower dimensions: 120 cm diameter and some are 110 cm diameter with varying heights ranging from 60 cm height to 270 cm total 9 flowers.
Lotus is very familiar plant in Japan. Almost all of Japanese love Lotus. We can see Lotus at lake in Summer. It is impressively beautiful. And also gives us comfortable feeling.
I particularly like Lotus’s form. I can’t help to feel its litheness and strength. The “Lotus field” represent the trembling lotus leaves holding the raindrop in the breeze.
I am excited to see how my sensibility can make beautiful harmony with the space of Abu-Dhabi.
Billy Lee - UK
- Medium: Mirror polished stainless steel silver color + Concrete base
- Sculpture dimensions: 5 meters diameter
- Base dimensions: 5 x 5 meters
The proposed sculpture is one of the latest in series of sculptures I am currently engaged in. The concept as the title alludes to is perpetual motion. Which is illusive. As in life, where things are always evolving and changing, the sculpture is also changing and is allusive as you move around it.
"INNER VIEW OPEN"
Caroline Ramersdorfer - Austria
- Medium: 6 slabs of Mugla white marble and 2 blocks of same for base = 15 tons in total weight
- Sculpture dimensions: each slab is 180 x 180 x 18 cm thickness
- Base dimensions: 2 blocks 280 x 180 x 65 cm H
Through a horizontally extending architectural structure, that is relaying upon transparency and opening as main constituents this idea evokes a dialogue between the outside and inside. Light here is playing the key role that offers a penetrating look through intermediate openings and passages. It consists of 6 parts integrated on a base, giving the view of Union and Chaos at the same time, a metaphor for the eternal movement of creation.
Yoshin OGATA - Japan
- Sculpture dimensions: Height 575cm x195 width x86 cm depth
- Base: No Base
It’s a shape of Water Mark and a peaceful movement of the ripple. Water makes it’s own cycle; drop-river-sea (lake)-sky-new drop....like our life. This work is a part of cycle or circle (shape of Rainbow). The meaning of this work is the peaceful scenery of the inside of our mind.
Petre Petrov - Bulgaria
- Medium: Mugla white marble for sculpture
- Sculpture dimensions: Width 280 x Height 395 x 130 cm
The sculpture is composed of 2 elements, one is heavy stone, and the stone is covering the non material shape, the empty air part, which is the other element and they together compose the sense and idea of spirit. They stay together, they are opposite points.
"SYMPHONY NO.7: ENERGY OF LIFE"
Husam Chaya - Lebanon
- Medium: Mugla white marble for sculpture, Mugla grey and black granite for base
- Dimensions: 3 x 1.35 x 1.35 meters
- Base 1 dimensions: 30 x 164 x 164 cm (black Granite) - Base 2: 70 x 150 x 150 cm (Mugla grey)
In coming to terms with a personal ordeal, I realized that existence is transitory and to a large extent, subject to and at the whims of natural ebbs and flows that are beyond our control. This was a cathartic work, and symbolizes the passage from shadow into the light.
Hwang Seoung-Woo - Korea
- Medium: Mugla white marble
- Dimensions: 230 H x 100 x 100 cm, 70 x 70 x 70 cm, 140 x 140 x 70 cm
- Total foot print: 140 x 140 cm
Papers are very important in our lives because not only do they serve as the material we use in our everyday activities, but they also serve as a kind of 'hidden power' bearing the language that we use. I chose to carve a huge pile of accumulated papers in granite" reflecting the various uses everybody makes of them. A stack of books representing cross-cultural wisdom collected over time.
"EIDOLON ELLIPTICAL SPHERE"
Jon Hudson Barlow - USA
- Medium: Mild steel, painted purple. Base in concrete.
- Sculpture dimensions: 6 meters high
- Base size: diameter or hexagon 5 diameters x40 cm high for seating.
Eidolon is a Greek word for the Kernel of an idea. This motif is one that I have been working with for a long time in many different permutations. In this particular case, I have changed the format to an Ellipse with a spherical centre. Many of my sculptures are as much about space as they are about the form. The form creates the shape of the space. The idea of space and form can be interpreted and as an example of the Sufi concept of ‘the hidden’ and ‘the manifest’. In this case ‘the hidden’ is the empty space because it is immaterial and ‘the material’ form of the sculpture is that which is ‘the manifest’.
Joni Gogaberishvili - Georgia
- Medium: Black and grey granite
- Sculpture dimensions: 180 H x 150 x 150 cm and 250 x 60 x 30 cm and 150 x 60 x 30 cm
The sunbeams change their form in the space.
"SAILING IN THE DESERT"
Gheorgi FILIN - Bulgaria
- Medium: Mugla White - Marble
- Sculpture dimensions: 330 x 150 x 50 cm
- Base dimensions: 110 x 110 x 190 cm
The sculpture that I designed for Abu Dhabi is entitled: "Sailing in the desert. "I thought of a white sail, pierced by the wind that travels silently and can reach any place in the mind, a messenger of peace and beauty.
The sculpture, I am presenting, is inspired by the elements of nature, in the contrasts of strength and lightness and the notion that my ideals of peace and beauty, can travel light and far away like a sail driven by the wind of the desert. All my sculpture is like a creature that is brought up with love and personal dedication.
My "Sailing in the desert" is the concrete image of travel of my thoughts feelings sometimes pierced by light or more by dark.
Konstantin Dimopoulos – Australia
- Medium: Fiberglass composite high performance rods
- Dimensions: 7 meters high x 1.2 diameters
- Base: 2 meters x 2 meters x 35 cm high
Sinuous red is a wind driven kinetic sculpture. The work focuses on the simple but elegant and dynamic rhythms of nature.
Colour and movement bring an element of surprise and warmth to a landscape. The sensitivity evoked in Sinuous red attempts not so much to dominate the environment (nature) but to echo its natural beauty and elegance.
The sculpture reaches upwards creating an immediate sense of awe and scale for viewers. It is a dynamic work, moving gently in the wind, the sunlight dancing on the rods. Through colour and movement there is a visual energy in the sculpture.
Sinuous red is also a changing work, from upright, orderly serenity, to gently pulsing abstraction, the rods moving together to form transitory patterns. as the rods move they softly chatter creating an engaging and harmonious sound.
Hassan Sharif - UAE
- Medium: Iron 6M high
- Dimensions: Height 6 mtr, Length 4.04 mtr, Width. 0.40 mtr.
Step is a reduced form of human body from the waist downward. Two long vertical rectangles representing legs are twisted on from backside and the other is directed forward, this pose creates dynamical affinity towards space, architecture, landscape and stimulates people to experience nature of sculpture and ask new questions about contemporary art by creating new conditions in order to combine people, place and things.
Jo Kley – Germany
- Medium: green Diabas from Turkey
- Sculpture dimensions: 2.6 m L x 1.8 m W x 1.7 m HeightConcept of sculpture: Energy
Energy is known to travel in a spiral shape. The spiral is a universal artistic intervention of nature. On the microscopic to small scale it manifests itself as the perfect package for hereditary information, as spirilla bacteria or as a snail’s shell. Moved by physical powers, a spiral-formed water jet is created or a macro-cosmic construction in which remote stars form a spiral nebula. In all cultures it is an ancient, holy symbol of creation and the universe, a symbol for the cycles of development, renewal and evolution in the mystic, cosmic sense. Whatever the phenomenon, be it a functional two-dimensional building plan, a 3-D giant screw or Bronze Age motifs, the spiral form offers a wide range of aesthetic shapes which have been used in art and architecture throughout the ages.
Ehab El Labban - Egypt
- Medium: Black pearl granite
- Sculpture dimensions: 110 x 110 x 450 cm Height, base: 120 x 170 x 35 cm height
An artist that was born to the history of Egypt and its Pharaohs, using all that has been seen, has contributed a piece that is inspired by his civilisation.
The piece stands with highness and grace like the posture of a Pharaoh. It communicates its calmness to the viewer, where the strength and power exist on the inside, not the outside where there is not much movement…the power is in its slenderness.
Juanjo Novella - Spain
- Medium: Steel
- Size: 6m Height x 8.50m Width
It is a proper name, has no explanation
When I embark on any project, especially in the final stages, I find that without premeditation I am building a kind of refuge. My work is born naturally in the presence or perhaps in the need for transparency – a distinct feature that enables my work clearly observe a distinct appearance. Like many of my creations, Durango pursues the creation of a place. I have made possible the perception of a place with much more interest than the intrinsic value of the sculpture as object that refers to itself. That is, for me the sculpture is not a thing but a place. So I think living quarters, with a certain capacity playful, allowing spaces to be remembered as experienced, as lived and travelled places and not as objects seen, more prone to forgetfulness.
I must confess that I am surprised by the formal connection of Arab aesthetics with my sculptures. And that motivates me… the mathematical development and natural inspiration of the ornamental and artistic motifs of the Alhambra in Granada and the Mosque of Cordoba. These places are marked and have undoubtedly left an imprint on my subconscious. Durango receives a sort of lattice, very common element in Arabian architecture and seduces me because I get to rate portal space in a big way, in the manner of a veil, a kind of membrane subtle filtering the light. One can perceive the environment in a unique manner, place value on the very presence of the observer. There are no passive spectators watching, here are the players who experience a high face reality, if I may, an infinite sequence present. In my most important sculpture is not shown, is the human being is a piece created for man. Is it maybe a dress?
"TWISTING THE VOID"
Gregor Kregar – Slovenia
- Medium: Stainless steel and Base is concrete
- Sculpture dimensions: 6 meter high x 5 meters wide (one opening only)
- Base is 5 x 5 m x 90 cm high
After considering the theme for the sculpture symposium I decided to use specific geometric shapes for this sculpture project. They reflect ancient connections between nature and mathematics on one side and are also associated with eco-friendly architecture and design of the 21st Century.
Geometry and Mathematics have strong tradition in the Arabic and Islamic worlds.
The structures of ‘Twisting The Void’ represent a spatial example of the balance and symmetry of the Golden Ratio and these forms have been used in architecture and art throughout history to the present time.
In nature everything is built out of three basic triangular systems and their combinations and multiplications: the tetrahedral, the octahedral and the icosahedral. Imitating the natural molecular system and geodesic domes these sculptures will be built with basic geometric shapes. A geodesic dome is the lightest strongest and cheapest way of enclosing space ever invented. The shapes I plan to use will utilize this way of building and in doing so will allude to ideas of preservation and sustainability. The concept finds solace with Buckminster Fuller’s words, ‘a great and anticipatory vision of the future’, yet the intricacy of the forms draws upon complex natural structures and geometric patterns used in Islamic architecture and design.
The mirror reflections of these works will enhance the environments they are placed in; on one side referencing history and nature and on the other side technology and engineering. It is my aim that ‘Twisting The Void’ will become a symbol for Abu Dhabi as a new metropolis in United Emirates.
Fabricio Dieci – Italy
- Medium: Mugla White - Marble
- Size: 250 cm Height x Width 194 cm x Depth 97cm
Joint of the opposite part, the organic fusion, union of culture, union of people for the build above the darkness, organic movements, inevitably connected to man, to birth, to germination, to love, to the sources of life.
Life, relentless change, movement.
Charging and discharging of forces towards aims and shapes, creating and undoing, often joining and tearing up of materials, signs of continual metamorphosis, expression of interior energy. (Genetic force, thought, ideal project, biological and biorhythmical need with the aim of making a shape, of a structure and modulating it in the material and in the light, as the place of happenings, of anatomic-geometrics parts, or growths, of departures, of abandonment, of meetings, and of Embrace.
Salwa Zeidan – Lebanon
- Medium: Greyish white marble, base is black pearl granite
- Size: 165 cm x 215 cm Height
This sculpture was created by ADISS Director Salwa Zeidan - an artist herself - who had been contemplating the idea of extending her work into sculpting for several months. She decided to venture into her first ever stone sculpture when two blocks of marble were found remaining and represented a great environmentally friendly opportunity - one that is synonymous with Salwa's work frequently composed of recycled material. The artist designed this flower and supervised the entire process with the support of a very skilful helper who facilitated the production of the sculpture. The ADISS Flower is a tribute to ADISS 2010 and the people who were behind its realization. It was inspired by all the positive creative energy that stemmed from the site, the artists and their amazing works.