The Nurseries of El Dorado
A synthesis of botanical specimens Marc Quinn’s The Nurseries of El Dorado places together that which would never been found in nature to transport the viewer into a mythical world; oversized and cast in bronze the work comments on the mortal fixation with beauty. Installed as part of an ongoing acquisition of artworks for key locations in and around Hamad International Airport, Qatar Museums aim to bring world-class art to the people by pushing the boundaries of the traditional museum model offering cultural experiences in public spaces. Immersed amongst the cavernous curves of the building, art and architecture collide inspiring millions of visitors, residents and transfer passengers who fly through the airport each year.
Other artworks at the airport, which joined the top tier of global airports becoming the sixth airport in the world to receive the ‘5-Star Airport’ designation by Skytrax earlier this year include “Untitled” by Italian artist Rudolf Stingel, an unconventional sculpture of the iconic desert horse by acclaimed Qatari artist Ali Hassan, and works by four Qatari artists: Amal Al Raban, Ali Hassan, Mubarak Al Malik and Salman Al Malik, in the Oryx and Al Maha lounges.
Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at HIA said: “HIA prides itself for being an innovative exhibition space. Art is an integral part of HIA, having been designed to house permanent and temporary exhibitions. Passengers are exposed to a diverse set of artistic media including paintings, sculpture, electronic and interactive installations. Our airport terminal is a public space that welcomes millions of people every year and is therefore an ideal space to interact with art. The exposure that such a venue gives artists, especially budding Qatari artists, is exceptional.”