Artwork worth $ 150,000 made by guests of Expo 2020 Dubai is on display


A collaborative artwork created by visitors to the Romanian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is displayed at the One Wall Gallery in Index Mall, Dubai.

The artwork was inspired and titled after a 1910 sculpture by Romanian artist Constantin Brancusi Sleeping Muse. It was the brainchild of designer Florin Cobuz and his Nod Design Lab team, who hosted a month-long interactive workshop at the Romanian Pavilion to create the artwork.

The installation is on display at the Index Mall at the Dubai International Financial Center until July 14 and is currently on sale with a price tag starting at $ 150,000.

“Brancusi produced nearly 12 versions of Sleeping Muse in 10 years, “Cobuz said.” He made it with different materials, like wood, stone and copper. He was looking for perfection. We interpreted his artwork but with people. So no. it’s perfect. The muse, the inspiration, isn’t perfect. And I want to show that. “

Sleeping Musethe 2022 version, was created through a unique experiment that combines different design and manufacture techniques, including 3D modeling, working with modern tools, traditional manufacturing and programming using a custom software.

Each participant was asked to create a code indicating the size and position of each piece. This is followed by manual or electrical cutting of one or more wooden sticks and then attaching them to the honeycomb structure with a height of 2.5 meters.

“We had to design special software and an app for the project,” Cobuz said. “There were more than 7,500 people involved in the construction.

“For each one, we had to register them in the app so they could get information on the size and position of their stick. Then we had to teach everyone how to slice sticks using either electric or manual saws, then will hammer each stick.in the correct position.

“It’s hard work. More demanding than we expected when we started.”

‘Sleeping Muse’ was announced event at The One Wall Gallery, Index Mall, Dubai.  Chris Whiteoak / The National

As a result, each of the 27,000 pieces of wood that make up Cobuz’s Sleeping Muse has strange imperfections, from chips and splinters to being banded with tape. “It also has a natural look,” Cobuz said. “It’s a perfect imperfection.”

People from 118 countries took part in the project, Cobuz said, including some prominent UAE figures such as Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Integration; Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade; Dr. Saeed Mubarak Kharbash Al Marri, chief executive of arts and literature at the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority; and Reem Al Hashimi, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and managing director of Expo 2020 Dubai.

Sleeping Muse is the first artwork to be displayed at One Wall Gallery, the latest art-based initiative launched by Index Mall, which in March 2022 hosted an event titled Art in the Park.

The gallery aims to shed light on amazing artwork and artists from around the world and will serve as a platform to connect upcoming artists and the community.

“We are excited to exhibit beautifully Sleeping Muse collaborative artwork at Index Mall, ”said Magali Mouquet, executive director of Equitativa, the company behind Index Mall.

“It speaks to our values ​​of bringing people together to achieve something bigger than themselves. Every stick is someone’s story, their contribution is framed in a moment.”

Updated: June 15, 2022, 2:39 PM

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