We were already in awe of KAWS’ latest exhibition at Doha Fire Station and just when we couldn’t get enough of the adorable sculptures, HOLIDAY has been been unveiled at the Dhow Harbour.
On display for the first time in the Middle East and joins Qatar’s growing portfolio of permanent and temporary public art pieces, Brian Donnelly’s HOLIDAY is an inflatable sculpture depicting KAWS’ character, COMPANION, in a laid-back position.
The colossal sculpture, measuring at a height of 40 metres, represents the artist’s attempt to remind onlookers to relax in an increasingly hectic world.
Similar to all his other work, this installation also uses wit and irreverence to provide a playful commentary on humanity.
With gloved hands and Xs for eyes, the highly-popular COMPANION character was first created in the late ’90s and has become a symbol that both embraces and rejects the ideals of today’s consumerist society.
The installation in Doha is the most recent iteration of the touring KAWS: HOLIDAY project after previous displays in some of the world’s most important cultural hotspots such as Seoul in South Korea and Mount Fuji in Japan.
The sculpture is located at the heart of Qatar’s cultural square, close to popular destinations such as the Museum of Islamic Art, the National Museum of Qatar and Souq Waqif.
It might be a Herculean task to get a selfie with HOLIDAY, but we’re determined to do it this weekend.
Dhow Harbour, Corniche.