Mustafa Senbel was a classmate of Mohamed Said Farsi’s when both attended Alexandria University. Later Farsi became Mayor of Jeddah and undertook an expansive program to develop, transform, and beautify the city, he called upon his old friend Senbel, who was well suited for the task. Senbel worked as a Jeddah town planner for almost a decade before he retired to Egypt. “The Fisherman’s Net” is one of about thirty remarkable sculptures fashioned by the talented Senbel. “What distinguished Senbel from the other artists who contributed to the beautification of Jeddah was his intense awareness of the relationship between mass and space and his sensitivity to their environmental context,” said Farsi of his old friend. Some of Senbel’s works were among the most unpretentious and economical sculptures produced for the city’s large public open air art museum. He worked in a wide variety of mediums, but perhaps his most treasured sculptures are several similar to this one. With an open weave web-like construction, these pieces are all situated on the Corniche next to the Red Sea, enriching and enhancing the area with magnificent art, without obscuring sea or sky in the process. One of them is featured in my blog header photo above and is called “Dialogue.” You can see this sculpture in its entirety on a previous post I did.