Milkcan Sculpture

Many of the sculptures around and about Jeddah are unusual works of art. This sculpture appears to be an enormous milkcan. You can get an idea of its size by comparing it to the homes off to the right. Much of the public art here in Jeddah is difficult to find out information on, such as who the artist was or what the inspiration for the piece was. This is one of those pieces that I haven’t been able to find any information on.

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8 Responses to Milkcan Sculpture

  1. Monira says:

    I can Provide you with information about this piece of art ^_^ first of all its my father’s Company that made this roundabout and gave it away as a gift for the Country and its just like HishMaj Said earlier πŸ™‚ its a light house for the sea port as my father told me it is called “alfnar” i guess πŸ™‚ and if you are confused about any roundabout in jeddah just ask me πŸ™‚ I’ll hopefully can answer you πŸ™‚

  2. Duha says:

    Hey Susie, as HishMaj said, it was intended to b a Lighthouse sculpture, but not the lighthouse which is on land, but something similar that is supposed to b in the middle of the sea…and like any other art, it is open to interpretation…:-D

  3. Indrani says:

    Whoa! What a huge milk can… never see something like this! Amazing!!

  4. Fishing Guy says:

    Susie: That is an unusual sculpture, reminds me of Wisconsin and their cheese feddish.

  5. Hi HishMaj – I have a friend who lives very close to this sculpture and she calls it the Milkcan Roundabout. I think that when it is not entirely obvious what the art is depicting, it can be called by several different names by various people who interpret it as they see fit. I can see possibly a lighthouse here as well, but the shape so different from the lighthouses I have seen in the states. And the top of it looks more like a handle to me rather than a lighthouse.

  6. Hi Susan – I have no idea if there is anything inside, although it is large enough for someone to live in there! Sometimes there are roundabouts with more than one sculpture on them. The distance really varies between sculptures. There is definitely more of a concentration of the sculptures along the Corniche, where there is one right after another along the boardwalk of the Red Sea, which is also called Al-Hamra. Many of them are nautical in theme there, however there are other themes in that area as well. Sculptures near the university lean more towards an educational theme or science and technology, however once again, this theme is not solely limited to this area. As far as the materials used being more prominent in one area over another, I don’t believe this is the case.

  7. HishMaj says:

    @Susan, these sculptures are there on most of the inter-sections and round-abouts on any road, be it in the city or outskirts.

    Is this really a mil can? I always thought that it is a light house for the sea-port. and i think the round-about is named after it as well.

  8. Susan says:

    Is it filled with anything? Kind of looks like a silo for grain, or also a water tower.

    How many miles is it between the pieces of sculpture in and around Jeddah? Is there more of a concentration in one section of town than another, and do they try to keep a particular theme, like the bronze in one place, the masonry in another and so on?

    I don’t know if we’ve anything like it here stateside.

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