Qatar Museums launches campaign to protect public art

Richard Serra’s striking East-West/West-East sculpture has been defaced

Qatar Museums launches campaign to protect public art

We’re incredibly lucky in Qatar to have so much amazing public art.

It makes our city even more special and we can’t resist snapping pictures whenever we pass by an art installation.

And now the Qatar Museums Authority is launching a campaign to protect and preserve installations across the country after Richard Serra’s East-West/West-East sculpture was defaced.

The museum has installed anti-vandalism signage at Zekreet to educate the public and encourage the wider community to take ownership of #OurPublicArt.

In the next few months, a clean-up operation will also take place to restore Serra’s installation.

Ahmad Musa Al Namla, CEO of Qatar Museums, said, “Qatar boasts a vibrant public art scene that not only brings to life urban areas but also sparks debate on topical issues of global relevance.

“It is unfortunate that some public art pieces, such as Richard Serra’s installation, have been defaced with scrawling and tags by visitors to Zekreet.

“Vandalism of public artworks damages a national asset that is meant for the enrichment of the entire community and is forbidden by law. As public art belongs to us all, it is our collective responsibility to respect, preserve and protect it.

“Qatar Museums strongly encourages the community to take pride in these incredible works, which have been created to be enjoyed by us all.”

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