New art unveiled at Hamad International Airport

HIA has just unveiled a new artwork called Small Lie by Kaws Discuss this article

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Ever wondered what happens when a small lie blows out of proportion? You’ll have to head over to Hamad International Airport (HIA) to find out.

HIA has just unvealed a new artwork called Small Lie by American artists Kaws, a massive sculpture reminiscent of Pinocchio. We weren’t kidding when we said massive – this sculpture, made from Afrormosia wood, stands at 32 feet tall and it weighs 15 tonnes.

Small Lie joins HIA’s ever-growing collection of fine art, with more than 20 permanent pieces created by local and international artists on display (you must have seen that teddy bear in the duty free area).

This new work is located in the North node of HIA, near Concourse E, a strategic location for the benefit of the 30 million passengers transiting through HIA on a yearly basis.

The artist flew into Qatar to unveil and present his work.

“I hope Small Lie can transport passengers into another realm,” Kaws said.

“The inspiration behind Small Lie comes from my relationship with wooden toys growing up and the warm sensation of wood grain. Expanding on this, I created an oversized sculpture that plays with an emotional tension of strength and kindness. Small Lie makes the viewer feel small, but also to want to protect and console it.

“It’s the first time that one of my pieces is exhibited in an airport. The space allows a dialogue with both travellers and the other artworks showcased at HIA.”

Kaws’ work connects people across generations and introduced this diverse audience to the world of popular culture.

We just hope we don’t have to think about all the lies we’ve ever told, every time we walk past it…
Concourse E, Hamad International Airport.

By Time Out Doha staff
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