Twentieth-Century Sculpture in the the Arabian Peninsula
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A documentation of the restoration of Jeddah's extraordinary sculptures and their rehoming in a dedicated park on the city's corniche.
40 years ago, Jeddah mayor Mohamed Said Farsi transformed his city through an urban development scheme that placed contemporary art at its core. This was public art on a grand scale, designed 'to bring delight to the citizen, to give a sense of wonder and stir a sense of history'.
Works were commissioned from the world's greatest sculptors and Ahmed documented the restoration and relocation of some 26 major works to a new Open Air Museum. Published in a special edition book by Booth-Clibborn Editions, the world is now afforded a unique glimpse into a city not easily visited and shows Saudi Arabia as a place of vision and innovation in art.