Spanish architect and sculptor Julio Lafuente is credited with creating at least thirty of Jeddah’s distinctive monuments. This one is called “Science and Religion.” Standing in the middle of a manmade lagoon in the city’s famous Corniche which runs along the Red Sea, this towering obelisk is comprised of 72 solid marble “moons,” each weighing a whopping 1.8 tons. Such intense care had to be taken in erecting this work of art that it took six weeks to completely install it. The crescent moon at the very top is a symbol of Islam. Lafuente worked for the city’s planning and beautification program for six years and was responsible for some of Jeddah’s most beautiful sculptures which I have featured in previous posts, like The Dallah Fountain, The Holy Koran, The Mameluke Lanterns, The Bicycle, The Illuminated Globe, and The Verse Boat.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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