Contemporary Public Art is a Draw and a Cultural Attraction, possibly a positive Distraction just before the WorldCup, here are 7 of “The Best” New Sculptures in Qatar, including Two by WoMen!!

Yayoi Kusama sculptures in Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Park, Doha, Qatar

Large sculptures that have been placed to be interacted with add some texture with internationally renowned artists gives Doha a sense of openess, See the other 6 of them here.

The Art Newspaper published this story on public art in Qatar. The recent controversy over Qatar trying to put on a facade during the World Cup to cover up the human rights violations, restrictions and bribes. Interesting to consider how these new sculptures may inform and be part of a PR effort and the stadiums alone is where art and architecture muse.

ArchDaily explores the different stadiums and their conception, including the Lusail Stadium, pictured below, where the World Cup final will be played. These stadiums are a form of public art and public sculpture in their own right. As Artchitecture and a way to show off, “Look What We Can Design”… even if fleeting, lets hope a step towards an opportunity to continue an open and creative dialogue.

The Lusail Stadium schematic. Image via ArchDaily.

Interesting how much money is available if the politics are in favor and realtionship are fostered with FIFA and the local government, Ruling Family. High stakes bets go into winning whatever the cost, and when there is a bottomless oil pit it sure makes it easier.

the World Cup, 11/20/22 New York Times gives their perspective here.

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