Tall Camel Sculpture

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One of the things that come to mind when one thinks of Saudi Arabia is camels. The dromedary (one hump) camel is a native of this country and is well suited to live here. Nature has equipped these camels with several features that protect them from the frequent sandstorms that happen in this land such as the ability to completely close their nostrils, fur lined ears, and a double row of curly eyelashes – all designed to keep sand out of their bodies. Their large droopy eyelids and bushy eyebrows also help in shielding their eyes from the harsh desert sun.
This extremely tall stylized three piece camel sculpture sits in the middle of a large traffic circle and is part of the city of Jeddah’s amazing public open air art museum. I don’t have any information about the artist or about what materials were used in making this piece of art. I can tell you that this traffic circle also has another camel as well, but they are so far apart, it’s difficult to get both of them in the same shot! Last year I featured the other camel sculpture in a previous post, and you can see the difference in how much the landscaping of palm trees and grass have grown since then by clicking HERE.

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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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16 Responses to Tall Camel Sculpture

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  4. Fishing Guy says:

    Susie: You have such neat statues to capture around your area of the world.

  5. Judy says:

    I like the camel sculptures, the grass makes a big difference in the look.

  6. Puça says:

    Great camel sculpture

  7. Arija says:

    It looks a bit dismembered.
    A lot of camels have been taken to Saudi Arabia from Australia since the Afghan camels that came here in historical times, and were released into the wild, are disese free.

  8. Dina says:

    What a fantastic sculpture! Love it.

    A good way to remember: the letter D is like the one hump of the Dromedary, while B has two humps like the Bactrian camel.

  9. Catherine says:

    Love this disjointed, dislocated camel… it looks like what Giacometti might do with a camel!!

  10. Camels made me remember once seeing an episode in the National Geographic where the “man versus wild” traveler featured the life-saving wonders of a camel.

    I didn’t know that camels do keep a stock of water somewhere in their stomach and you could actually drink it in the middle of the desert but you have to kill the animal to do that. At least, worse come to worse, a camel is a life-saving creature.

  11. Denise says:

    What a wonderful sculpture that looks, great photo.

  12. Geogypsy says:

    Very unusual camel. Great info, as always. Thanks Susie.

  13. Jacob says:

    Fantastic sculpture and I like the angle from which you took it. Your description of a Dromedary was interesting, too. Isn’t evolution wonderful?

  14. I like this camel! But, I like all camels. They have such romantic faces.

  15. Sonia says:

    Wow… I find it amusing to see gardens and landscaping in the same areas that were desert just few years ago…

  16. Ilse says:

    Now this is a really great sculpture! Your pictures of the market in recent posts are really cool too!

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