Head to the Lusail multipurpose hall to view three more additions to Doha’s catalogue of public art. To mark the 24th Men’s Handball World Championships in Doha, Iraqi artist Ahmed Al Bahrani produced a bronze sculpture, titled The Challenge 2015, of towering hands and arms emerging from the ground, one appearing to have successfully caught the ball while the others struggle to reach. Qatari artist Mohammed Al Nasif has created two murals inspired by different elements of Qatari culture, as well as the country’s development and progress.
French-Tunisian artist eL Seed, meanwhile, was commissioned to create his second Doha-located piece of calligraffiti, including poetry quotes by Sheikh Jassem Bin Mohammed Bin Thani, the Founder of Qatar. In 2013, the Qatar Museums Authority commissioned works by eL Seed for the first time, who worked with the community to create 52 individual pieces of art for the walls of tunnels on Salwa Road in Doha.
Three giant oryx sculptures by Ellen Hlavata have been installed outside the St Regis Doha. Each oryx – which is the national animal of Qatar – stands at 14 metres and weighs over 12 tonnes, and were engineered by the internationally known Foibos Design Lab. The group of artisanal metal workers use high-end technology in their work and coated the sculptures in molybdenum to help them endure the extreme summer temperatures.
The Miraculous Journey (2005-2013) by Damien Hirst is installed outside the Sidra Medical and Research Centre. The series of bronze sculptures – ranging from five metres to 11 metres in height – chart the formation of a foetus and its transformation into a full formed baby.
Gandhi’s Three Monkeys (2008) by Subodh Gupta is located in Doha’s Katara Cultural Village. The three outdoor sculptures boldly reflect on ideas of war and peace, depicting heads wearing different kinds of military gear. Each head is crafted from cooking instruments, traditional Indian lunch boxes and glass bowls, among other things.
Lamp Bear (2005-2006) by Urs Fischer at Hamad International Airport is a huge 7m-high sculpture of a teddy bear resting against a lamp. It’s located in the airport’s duty-free hall.
Maman (1999) by Louise Bourgeois currently sits in the Qatar National Convention Centre. The sculpture is a 9m- high and 10m-wide bronze, steel and marble spider.