This another of Jeddah’s many sculptures that I’m sorry I don’t have any particular information about. I think it might be one of several marble sculptures that were created by a group of Belgian artists, but I’m not sure. The Mayor of Jeddah back in the 1970s and 80s was Mohamed Said Farsi. He was the driving force behind turning Jeddah into the “City of Art.” During his tenure as mayor, he traveled to Belgium, where he commissioned several works of art for the city. In 1984, the exhibition “Jeddah, Yesterday and Today” was held in Brussels. Here is a quote about the exhibition and the Belgian art pieces from the book Jeddah City of Art:
Exhibits included Islamic Arab art and handicrafrts, ranging from a complete wooden bay window (rawashin) to Saudi textiles and traditional dresses to examples of the work of Saudi coppersmiths and silversmiths … We also used the occasion of the exhibition in Brussels as an opportunity to acquire some new works, in white marble, for the Jeddah collection. Most of these are now on display at the Al Hamra Open Air Museum. One looks like a cascading waterfall; another represents a dolphin dancing within a circle, and a third looks like someone playing the saxophone. Each reflects a wonderful clarity which typifies Belgian art, displaying harmony and symmetry. These Belgian artists took some of our ideas and designs and reinterpreted them in white marble specifically for the Jeddah collection.
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