DOHA (AFP) – Fourteen big bronze sculptures by British artist Damien Hirst graphically charting the second of conception to delivery greet sufferers arriving at a US$eight billion (S$11 billion) hospital in Gulf state Qatar.
The huge open-air set up, named The Miraculous Journey, exhibits a foetus rising within the womb and culminates with a 14m sculpture of a unadorned child simply after delivery.
The monumental work is the centrepiece of a formidable fashionable artwork assortment on the Sidra Medicine Hospital, formally opened this week in Doha, that may be the envy of many galleries across the world.
“We believe it reflects very much the mission of Sidra, taking care of the healthcare of woman and babies,” stated Ms Layla Ibrahim Bacha, artwork specialist with the government-supported Qatar Foundation, which owns a lot of the art work.
“I think it’s perfect for the location, as you can see a lot of people are taking pictures, I think it’s becoming iconic.”
Also among the many 65 works on the speciality facility for kids’s and ladies’s well being are items by high-profile worldwide names and artists from throughout the Arab world, together with Qatar.
A fourth-floor outpatient clinic is adorned with a neon set up entitled I Listen To The Ocean And All I Hear Is You by Tracey Emin, one in every of Hirst’s groundbreaking contemporaries from Britain.
Ms Bacha says the artwork was chosen with “very specific themes” in thoughts.
“They are not meant to be decorative, they are meant to be creating debates, helping the patient to keep calm,” she stated.
Syrian artist Jaber al-Azmeh, whose footage cling within the hospital, informed AFP that it makes him smile to think about his pictures on show in a spot the place new lives are beginning.
Sidra started receiving its first sufferers in January, and final month, efficiently carried out Qatar’s first conjoined twin separation surgical procedure.
Energy-rich Qatar has turn out to be a significant purchaser of up to date artwork.
It is searching for to painting itself as one of the progressive states within the area towards the backdrop of a bitter stand-off with Gulf rivals led by Saudi Arabia.
But that doesn’t imply there has not been some controversy over the Hirst works towering outdoors the hospital.
The sculptures have been initially unveiled in October 2013 however then lined from public view till latest weeks.
The official motive was to guard them from ongoing constructing work on the hospital, however they have been hid after a social media outcry.
“We are not expecting everyone to like them. We are not expecting everyone to understand them,” stated Ms Bacha.
“This is why they are there – to actually create this element of debate, this element of thinking.”