New permanent public artworks in Abu Dhabi to deliver lasting legacy of inclusion

ABU DHABI, 16th March, 2019 (WAM) — Six major public artworks commissioned by Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 to celebrate people of determination were unveiled at Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi, as part of the legacy of the Games, today.

Developed in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, the works have been created by six internationally renowned artists in a commissioning process managed by Abu Dhabi Art.

The works include a specially created wall mural made of ceramic tiles by Paris-based artist Etel Adnan, a sculpture by Korean artist Noh Jun featuring two figures holding the Olympic Torch together and a mirrored bridge crossing over a stainless-steel lake by Mehmet Ali Uysal, according to the website of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games Organising Committee.

The artworks will form part of a permanent exhibition, in the newly named Special Olympics Garden. The exhibition is designed to be a lasting reminder of the message of unity and inclusion that Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 helped to share across the UAE and the region.

Tala Al Ramahi, Chief Strategy Officer, Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 said: “Our aim is for the World Games to act as a catalyst for change, raising awareness of what people of determination can achieve and changing perceptions in society.

“It is vital that the legacy of the Games lives on long after the sports competitions have ended, ensuring inclusion and unity becomes a feature of everybody’s day to day lives.

“These public artworks will be a permanent reminder of the importance of the Special Olympics message, ensuring generations to come benefit from the legacy of hosting these global Games in the Middle East for the very first time.”

WAM/Hatem Mohamed


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