HAPPY NEW YEAR! “Changes” was not an easy theme to come up with for City Daily Photo’s Theme Day today. Change is very slow to come here in Saudi Arabia and in the two years I have been here, most of the change that I have witnessed is in the form of frenzied construction which I have featured on this blog several times.
This public art monument is called Al-Saroukh I and was created by the Egyptian artist Salah Abdulkarim. He submitted two designs to honor the benefits and strength of iron to Jeddah’s Mayor Al-Farsi, and the mayor could not reach a decision between the two, so both pieces were commissioned and constructed. Both sculptures are made of steel and trace its many uses throughout the years from things like swords to mechanical machinery to spacecraft.
So how does all this relate to “changes?” Well, many of Jeddah’s sculptures are located in the middle of major intersections on huge roundabouts. As the city has grown and traffic has increased, the roundabouts have proven to be very unsafe and the cause of many accidents. Consequently there are plans to replace the roundabouts with regular intersections. This sculpture was actually one of the first to be relocated to a new home on a boulevard divider from its original place in the middle of the roundabout. The roundabout where it once stood is now gone. Hopefully this will improve traffic flow and reduce accidents.
I’d like to wish you Peace and Blessings on this New Years Day and to thank you for visiting my blog throughout this past year.
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