The Fisherman’s Net


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.

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12 Responses to The Fisherman’s Net

  1. Avinash Tadphale says:


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  6. Hi Susan – Me too!

    Hi GeoGypsy – Thank you so much. It does sort of resemble the magic eye now that you mention it.

    Hi Nancy – Thanks so much for visiting my blog and commenting.

    Hi Sonia – I appreciate your comments – thanks!

    Hi Marahm – Yes, this one looks like it could be many things! I do like it better than many others I have posted too – it’s quite graceful.

    Hi Sharon – Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  7. This is very beautiful. I love the colors in it.

  8. Marahm says:

    Now, this is lovely! It seems more like a work of art– inspiring ideas and feelings in the viewer. The structure looks like sail, as Sonia suggested. I also see a harp, a roller-coaster, and a weaver’s loom– all in delightful color.

  9. Sonia says:

    Striking! I love the colors of this piece! It reminded me of Burj Al Arab (Sort of, perhaps due to resemblance to the sail)…I really like that its modern, yet not intrusive. I live in Chicago, where on the Mag Mile modern sculptures are displayed. I see how the mayor intended to propel Jeddah to modernity. I can’t wait for tomorrow’s pic.

  10. Nancy says:

    What a strong women you are to pick up and move in 2007. I am thrilled that you are enjoying your adventure and also sharing your adventures and photos with all of us.

  11. Geogypsy says:

    This reminds me of a giant version of magic eye or God’s eye string art. Again, love the sculptures. Nice capture.

  12. Susan says:

    This is really pretty, I love how it blends and complements (and compliments) the colors in the sky.

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