This another of Jeddah’s many sculptures that I’m sorry I don’t have any particular information about. I think it might be one of several marble sculptures that were created by a group of Belgian artists, but I’m not sure. The Mayor of Jeddah back in the 1970s and 80s was Mohamed Said Farsi. He was the driving force behind turning Jeddah into the “City of Art.” During his tenure as mayor, he traveled to Belgium, where he commissioned several works of art for the city. In 1984, the exhibition “Jeddah, Yesterday and Today” was held in Brussels. Here is a quote about the exhibition and the Belgian art pieces from the book Jeddah City of Art:
Exhibits included Islamic Arab art and handicrafrts, ranging from a complete wooden bay window (rawashin) to Saudi textiles and traditional dresses to examples of the work of Saudi coppersmiths and silversmiths … We also used the occasion of the exhibition in Brussels as an opportunity to acquire some new works, in white marble, for the Jeddah collection. Most of these are now on display at the Al Hamra Open Air Museum. One looks like a cascading waterfall; another represents a dolphin dancing within a circle, and a third looks like someone playing the saxophone. Each reflects a wonderful clarity which typifies Belgian art, displaying harmony and symmetry. These Belgian artists took some of our ideas and designs and reinterpreted them in white marble specifically for the Jeddah collection.
I can’t believe this is my 1,000th post! Thanks to all of you who follow this blog. You are the reason I do it.
Susie, so sorry I’m late in congratulating you. I’ve always so enjoyed your Jeddah blog. Keep up the good work. You’ve a lot of fans out there.
Thank you so much, Jilly and DHS. Your comments made me feel good!
I have learned a lot from your posts and blogs, and I have even more to learn!! Thank you so very much for sharing. Honestly, given my background, I would have a super difficult time doing what you have been doing and living where you have been living! Peace be with you and yours.
Congratulations for your 1000 posts. Wish you had another 1000.
Greetings from Valladolid, Spain.
Congratulations on the 1,000th post, Susie! Keep up the good work, your blog is enlightening.
We thank you a thousand times, for each interesting post.
Next one will be 1,001 — maybe with a magic lantern? 🙂
It’s been my pleasure, Dina.
Congratulations Susie! 1000 posts and they are getting better and better everyday.
Thanks so much, Pathfinder.
Jeddah is an amazing city and I can’t imagine myself living in any other city in Saudi Arabia. Jeddah is “ghair” as we say, which means Jeddah is something else and we Jeddawi’s are like fish if you take us out of our water, we’ll die.
Unfortunately, our city could be a million time better if it wasn’t for all the corruption, delayed, and mostly canceled development projects.
I really enjoy the information and the history behind Jeddah’s sculptures, and in most cases, I don’t know anything about it! 🙂
CONGRATULATIONS on your 1000th post and we’ll be waiting for more! 🙂
you’re just warming up, arentchya? 😉
Thanks, Sari – Jeddah is a place that I never seem to run out of interesting things to photograph – from the Red Sea to the sculptures to camels and buiildings. There is just so much here.
CONGRATULATIONS Susie of Arabia! Grattis! Felicitations! Gratulere! I’m looking forward to enjoying the next 1,000 posts!
As always, I’m VERY impressed with all the outdoor sculptures in your city!
Thank you, Leif Dahling!
Congratulations on your 1,000th post! I find it fascinating to see such a different part of the world from where I live, and you do a great job showing us the day-to-day aspects of life there.
Thanks so much, Al.