SkyWatch: The Vase

This sculpture of a larger than life vase is not found on the roundabouts of Jeddah, but on a center traffic island in the city of Taif, which is about 100 km from Jeddah.   Hopefully you can get an idea of its enormity by judging its scale with its surroundings.  From what I have gathered, Jeddah began the trend of displaying bold public works of art, and other cities around the country have begun to follow suit.

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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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30 Responses to SkyWatch: The Vase

  1. Interesting place and beautiful shot. 🙂 The vase is amazing

  2. Arija says:

    Beautiful shot!

  3. Karen says:

    That really is an awesome vase and shot !!

    Really interesting..

  4. Hi Susie

    Wonderful view! Sky as background of a marvelous vase!
    Great composition!
    I invit you to post in TODAYS FLOWERS.


  5. Maria says:

    Yes, it’s one huge pot on the meridian 🙂
    I’m trying to send you some rain clouds eastwards, hopefully they arrive safely in Jedda :))
    Best wishes to you Susie, Maria

  6. m_m says:

    Wow! So huge!

  7. Mo says:

    We need more art displayed in public places like this. While n France I photographed hundreds of roundabouts. The pride of every small village across the country.

  8. Jerry M says:

    I find the scale of these sculptures very odd. It is more like commercial decoration than sculpture in the traditional sense. That isn’t meant as a criticism, just a description of how these differ from sculpture in the West.

    One thing I have noted in many of the photos of architecture that you show, is that there is no sense of how any one building or sculpture relates to anything else. It is like a fantasy land.

    • You are correct in your observations. From what I have seen, not a lot of thought has gone into planning and zoning. For example, parking often seems like an afterthought here. And streets with island divides will not have a break in them for turns over very long stretches. This causes many drivers to simply drive the wrong direction into oncoming traffic – I see this every day here. Building is hodge podge and there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to locations or what’s next door.

  9. Diane C. says:

    Beautiful and unusual skywatch image. I’ve never seen a huge pot in a median before, but I think it is gorgeous!

  10. Bill B. says:

    It blends in beautifully with the mountains and hills in the background.

  11. Dina says:

    My first thought, as a fieldworker in archaeology, was Wow! imagine digging up such a huge pithos in the earth!
    But as art it works too!

  12. SIXSTARS NZ says:

    How bizarre.I wouldnt expect to see a giant vase on any road. Great clouds and mountain in the background. I didnt know it rained much in your country.

  13. chrome3d says:

    I´m just thinking what kind of flowers they could put in there. They must be so humongous that they become hilarious!

  14. Carver says:

    That vase is amazing. You did a great job showing the scale. Beautiful sky and surroundings too.

  15. Jan says:

    You blog has captured so much of life in Saudia Arabia these days. Love the camel. Love the vase. Know from your previous posts that there is not chance you were photographing and driving at the same time!!!!!

  16. Write Girl says:

    What a wonderful sky watch shot and I love the vase.
    Thank you for sharing.

  17. Yogi says:

    Very striking. One thing that comes to me since I’ve started joining in these meme’s is how many other countries have embraced bold public art. It doesn’t seem like we see that much in the USA.

    Maybe I’m wrong but that is what I’m thinking.

  18. Jacob says:

    Again, fascinating! But I don’t understand the vase – does that relate to something Saudi or has it a Muslim connection.

    And why such huge sculptures?

    Kinda boggles the mind!

    • The artwork here in Saudi Arabia is quite varied – but absent of living creatures/humans, but body parts are okay. I don’t know that the vase is symbolic of anything in particular. And as far as the large scale – it might be something along the lines of making a statement, like bigger is better? I’m just guessing here…

  19. sylvia says:

    That is stunning, Susie! And perfect against that lovely sky! Another interesting and beautiful post! Happy SWF! Have a great weekend!

  20. Mel says:

    I love the abundance of sculptures over there! More cities really should consider doing the same. I also echo that it seems at odds with the ‘conservative’ nature of Saudi Arabia (at least when viewed from the West). I went to Seattle once, and that city has a ton of public art. Somebody explained that it is a requirement when building a building there, that 1% of the building’s worth is paid out as a tax that goes into making more public art. Some may find this a bit of a nuisance or wasteful, but it really does add to the beauty of a city.

  21. Yoli says:

    I think it is lovely.

  22. Fishing Guy says:

    Susie: That is such an unusual sculpture, your area seems to have a lot.

  23. Erin says:

    i think i have said it prior but i do like the concept of public art…i think it a worthy endeavor and wish we had more here in the u.s.
    enjoyed your post 🙂
    have a wonderful weekend.

  24. babooshka says:

    I will never get over how a country so closed in some ways is as open with it’s art. Original skywatch as always.

  25. Guy D says:

    Great shot Susie, that is one huge pot on the meridian.

    Have a great weekend.
    Regina In Pictures

  26. ewok1993 says:

    It’s really nice to see these larger than life sculpture while on a road trip. I remember when I was little I look forward to seeing those giant coke bottle ads by the side of the road.

    My entry is here:

  27. Tabib says:

    Beautiful Taif city, beautiful picture composition.
    Taif is where our Rasulullah get hurt while performing the dakwah.

  28. Gennasus says:

    Now there’s something we don’t see every day. Interesting.

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