German artist Ottmar Hollmann is most well known for his works in cast alloy. This sculpture called The Sundial (also known as Moon and Bow) was cast in Europe and shipped over to Saudi Arabia to be installed. The surface of this piece is covered entirely with intricate patterns and designs. In the daylight hours, the shadows made by the center spike mark the precise time of day as they move across the two surrounding curved bows upon which the hours of the day are marked. Muslim scientists from centuries ago invented the sundial, among many other useful innovations. Science is one of the major themes of the many works of art of Jeddah and this piece was one of the first to be erected in the city.
Hollman is credited with the design of dozens of works of art for the city of Jeddah, including a series of each of the twelve zodiac signs. Probably Hollman’s most famous monument in Jeddah is the Cosmos, a unique steel and aluminum tribute to the solar system that soars and impressive 36 meters into the sky above an enormous mosaic tiled base that itself is an additional 8.5 meters high – which makes it one of the largest works of art in the world.
Another of Jeddah’s art pieces is visible in the lower right corner of this photo. This one is aptly called The Accident. You can see it more clearly in a previous post.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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