The first day of each month is City Daily Photo’s Theme Day. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants.
This month’s theme is statues, which doesn’t seem like such a difficult task – IF you live anywhere in the world except a strict Islamic country where statues are considered idolatry and are forbidden. Statues of people and animals are not permitted here, not in their entirety anyway. Body parts, or likenesses with missing parts, or abstract forms are allowed. Jeddah is a city filled with incredible public art, mostly in the form of sculptures, but finding a “statue” is next to impossible. So I have chosen this abstract sculpture of Birds in Flight as one of the closest things to a statue as I could find. I don’t have any information at all about this piece, but to me it is a very graceful and powerful image.
If you are interested in seeing how artists manage to skirt around the idolatry issue by using just body parts or incomplete animal forms, take a look at these previous posts featuring art of the City of Jeddah: The Supplication ; The Eye ; The Fist ; Big Fish ; Tall Camel Sculpture ; and Hungry Horses.
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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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