'Together' - Symbol of Arab dignity
Arab dignity and individuality are celebrated in full artistic flourish with ‘Together,’ a new sculpture unveiled at Downtown Dubai, the 500-acre megaproject developed by Emaar Properties PJSC and described as ‘The Centre of Now.’
Sculpted by Syrian artist Lutfi Romhein, ‘Together’ features two sculptures – that of an Arab man and an Arab woman, chiselled to perfection. Clad in a flowing white dish-dasha, the male figure has been sculpted in Carrara marble from Italy, while the kandoora-clad female sculpture is made of black granite from Sweden.
Commissioned by Samia Saleh, the owner of Courtyard Gallery, Dubai, for Emaar Properties, both the sculptures are 4.25 metres high, and rest on a granite base, on Emaar Boulevard near the entrance to Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.
They complement two sculptures that were unveiled earlier in Downtown Dubai: Al Sidra, a free-shaped bronze sculpture by Kuwaiti sculptor Sami Mohamed Al Saleh; and Horse 2007, a bronze sculpture by world-renowned figurative artist Fernando Botero.
Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties, said: “The Arab world has a rich artistic and cultural heritage that are given modern interpretations by our talented artist community. Through our art showcases in Downtown Dubai, we are putting the spotlight on the region’s high creative and artistic standards. The unveiling of the new sculpture by the talented Lutfi Romhein will further strengthen Downtown Dubai’s appeal as a centre for the arts.”
Romhein said the sculpture uses simple and pure lines to demonstrate the universality and simplicity of the duality of man and woman. It is also a cultural statement on the completeness of life, as well as a sculptural depiction of the similarities between man and woman, despite their differences. “Man and woman – they stand for the origin of life, as well as the door of life. They stand for strength and tenderness. They are different, yet so similar.”
Samia Saleh said that the concept of using black and white for the sculptures also resonates to the Chinese concept of yin and yang: ‘They are not completely black or white just as things in life are not completely black and white, and they cannot exist without each other.’
‘Together’ was sculpted in Carrara, Italy, and was inspired from a small wooden sculpture that consists of two slender and tapering shapes that follow the same curving moments. After making the scale model, the marble block for the male sculpture was extracted from the Carrara Mountain, and the model was replicated on the block, point by point.
Born in Syria, Romhein is an accomplished sculptor from the Arab world, who works extensively on male and female figures, as well as on chaises that stand out for their artistic splendour. His works have been commissioned by world’s leading galleries.
Downtown Dubai, anchored by Burj Khalifa, is one of the most prestigious lifestyle communities that features The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination; and The Dubai Fountain, the world’s tallest performing fountain, in addition to luxury hotels, homes and offices.
The 3.5 km long Emaar Boulevard is billed to become one of the world’s finest boulevards, featuring regular lifestyle events such as the popular Emirates Classic Car Show Festival. Downtown Dubai hosts regular music concerts at its prime venues including Burj Park, which recently was in global spotlight for the Burj Khalifa New Year’s Eve Gala attended by more than 600,000 people and telecast live to over 2 billion people.