Three finalists have been announced for the fourth edition of the Urban Commission competition, which tasked designers in creating an urban water feature for Dubai.
Launched by Art Dubai Group in collaboration with Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and Dubai Design District (d3), the winning prize includes a AED50,000 grant to locally manufacture the winning design in the UAE.
The three finalists include:
Davide Antonante – Tree of Life
Made to celebrate the vitality of Dubai, the tree of life is a modular installation abstracting the city landscape as five towers ranging from 2.5 to 4.5 meter in height. The colorful stacked beads represent the diversity of people and cultures across the city. Each totem acts as a misting device that doubles as a circular bench at the base.
Khalid Al-Tamimi – FAYYD
Fayyd, which means overflown, is inspired by the Japanese Shishi Odoishi fountains, and aims to capture the qualities of the bamboo fountains by recreating the natural sound of cascading water. The steel frames carry small lily-like pods through which water flows. Two out of the four pods act as seesaws when emptied and filled.
Idil Kantarci – Seamless Blossom
Seamless Blossom invites users into a multi-sensory moment inspired by the heritage of Dubai. The form of the base is a translation of Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve’s topography. The vertical sculptural elements emerge out of the existing waterhole locations in the Dubai desert and spray mist to create a hovering canopy, similar to that of the Ghaf Tree.
The panel of judges for the prize include: Khalil Abdulwahid Hassan, acting director of Fine Arts Department (Dubai Culture); Gregory Ketant, cultural programming manager at d3; Ammar Kalo, designer and director of CAAD Labs and assistant professor at the American University of Sharjah; and Rawan Kashkoush, head of programming at Dubai Design Week.
The winner of the prize will be announced during Dubai Design Week 2018.