Another LaFuente Sculpture: Science and Religion

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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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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12 Responses to Another LaFuente Sculpture: Science and Religion

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  2. aylarox says:

    When I was little, whenever we’d drive by this sculpture, i’d always wonder how’d it feel to cross that “bridge” connecting the statue to the land. I still have those thoughts with me. Hahaha!

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  5. HishMaj says:

    I always thought that all the spherical things under the moon were made to represent the mud pots. I remember reading a story when I was a kid, where the people in a village pile up large number of mud pots to climb on it and touch the moon.

    Thanks for the info!

  6. Fishing Guy says:

    Susie: What a neat sculpture, nicely captured.

  7. Hi Sonia – I think the people here appreciate the public art here but maybe they don’t know that much about it and they might take it for granted since they see it every day. Whereas an outsider like me may take more of an interest in learning more about the art work.

    Hi JM – I’m so glad you like it!

    Hi Billie – Thanks for your comment! I have a great book called “Jeddah – City of Art” which was written by the mayor of Jeddah’s son (the mayor was responsible for commissioning all of the art back in the 70s and 80s). Unfortunately the book does not have all the artwork in it and was published in 1991. More art has been added over the years. I also have found limited info on the web and gotten a few stories from real people here.

    Hi Judy – Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Judy says:

    An astonishing amount of work went into this sculpture. It’s very unique.

  9. Billie says:

    Susie, I always enjoy not only your photos of the sculptures,but also the information about the artists. How do you find so many facts and historical data? Do you search the internet, or do you have books or other printed material? Just curious! You do a marvelous job with this collection of photos AND your original blog.

  10. JM says:

    This is just great!

  11. Sonia says:

    Oh wow, this is beautiful…Its amazing how much work and effort was put in, because it looks quite simple at first glance. Do people in Jeddah understand and appreciate these works of art?

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