Another of Jeddah’s remarkable sculptures, the Swords of God actually spell out “Allah” in Arabic calligraphy when seen from a certain angle. Aref El Rayess is the Lebanese artist who created this work. He originally planned to build it from marble, but at 30 meters tall, he decided that marble was not a practical choice of material for the piece. So instead he built the sculpture from a steel frame which was then clad in aluminum. The tall three piece sculpture soars into the sky, and El Rayess preferred to believe that, despite the sculpture’s name, his more peaceful interpretation of this piece of art was more suitable to its grace and beauty. He felt that the light which streams between the columns symbolizes the respect and love which was taught by the Prophet Mohammed. The Swords of God sculpture is situated in Jeddah at the corner of a busy intersection which also has an overpass from which passersby have a very good view.
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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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