“Rotation and Balance” is a two piece sculpture in solid white marble which is part of an assortment of similar modern marble sculptures created by a group of unnamed Belgian artists. The Red Sea was behind me as I snapped the photo. It is located in a section of the city’s open air art museum called Al-Hamra.
If you’ve been following this blog, you already know that Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is a city bubbling over with amazing public works of art, many by world reknowned artists. The art is on display throughout the entire city. Jeddah occupies a stretch of land running north and south along the expansive Red Sea. Jeddah’s beautification project back in the 1970s involved developing the coastal area into a lovely family friendly recreation area called the Corniche which extends for miles. Families can picnic and barbecue here while enjoying the beauty of the Red Sea and be treated to the sight of dozens of unique sculptures that grace the scenic landscape.
I’m sure the woman in black on the left, although totally unrecognizable, was not too happy about me taking the photo with her in it, as Saudi women are overzealous about their privacy. Taking photos in this country can be a problem for me – there are many times when I opt out of taking pictures because of the privacy issue. Even though women are covered from head to toe in black when out in public, they can still get upset when someone tries to take their photo. Private photos of women sans hijab and veil have caused major problems for many women here. Women have been blackmailed or worse over photos showing their faces and hair. It can bring great disgrace to the family as a woman’s beauty is supposed to be shown only to her husband or other immediate family members. A bit off topic, but I thought you might be interested in this information.
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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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