Taif’s Bountiful Fruits Sculpture

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Taif is a major farming community in Saudi Arabia, located about 100 km from Jeddah. The terrain is similar to Arizona, quite rocky and mountainous, with similar vegetation as well, even down to the prickly pear cactus. Taif can grow many kinds of fruits and vegetables, from blackberries and peaches to corn and dates. Taif’s climate is much cooler than Jeddah’s due to its higher elevation. For years government officials would move its headquarters to Taif during the summer months to get away from the heat. This sculpture was erected as a greeting to those who are entering this land of plenty.

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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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10 Responses to Taif’s Bountiful Fruits Sculpture

  1. محمد says:

    أهلا بك في الطائف سيدة SusieOfArabia
    فأنا من أهل الطائف

  2. desertwolf_2000 says:

    more than 100 km
    jeddah to makkah 70km not exact
    makkah to taif 80 km not exact

  3. Judy says:

    This is an interesting sculpture. The area does have a southern Arizona look to it.

  4. Hi Everyone – and thanks for your comments!

    Hi GeoGypsy – They do appear to belong to a woman rather than a man – I’m surprised the religious police haven’t blackened her arms up to the wrists!

    Hi Erin – There are an abundance of fruit and vegetable vendors with their carts everywhere – almost on every street corner. In Jeddah , there’s an enormous open air market. Many of the small street vendors get their produce from here and then re-sell out on the streets. Saves a trip to the big market and you can also get a very reasonable deal even with their small mark-up.

    Hi Linnea – The artwork that is painted does require periodic maintenance and repainting. The harsh climate of Saudi Arabia isn’t that friendly to painted items. Sometimes the colors are even changed when the piece is repainted. I’ve seen sculptures showing signs of paint peeling and wearing off.

  5. Linnea says:

    That’s so funny. At first I thought it was perhaps a child’s pair of hands….I wonder if they have to paint it periodically to maintain its colors. Interesting shot and informative story. Thanks…

  6. Erin says:

    hands of plenty…interesting sculptural piece. i am so enjoying the many monuments and sculptures throughout your world.

    now are there open air markets to purchase vegetables and fruits in this area? or is it just strictly a place where things are grown and not sold?

  7. Geogypsy says:

    The desert soil is often good for agriculture, if there’s water. Yet another wonderful sculpture with only part of a human showing. Those aren’t a woman’s arms are they?

  8. Jacob says:

    Another intriguing post. It’s almost as if to say “Help yourself!” And I’ve something again – that all of Saudi isn’t flat and hot.

    Thanks!

  9. Mo says:

    I thought it was a real person

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