This installation is called ‘Sarab’, which is Arabic for mirage. An art piece designed & submitted for The Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award 2016 entry.
I mentored Hind Mohammed into a position where she could present her final concept of ‘Sarab’. The technical details and 3D images were worked on together over a 2 week period.
Her statement was as follows:
“This will be created using silk material of various shades of brown. There will be 7 sections, which represents each Emirates of the UAE (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujariah, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah) which has difference colored sands. I love the desert and I am always in awe of how big it actually is. When I’m in the desert I feel overwhelmed by how vast and never-ending lines.
The deeper I go into the desert the more fear I feel as the winds shifts the sands constantly and change the environment which mean I can lose my way very easily. The footprints disappear and everything looks different, and I start to see mirages from a distance. This is what I wanted to capture in my installation. I was born in the UAE and I wish to express my nationality and my country to the world through this work. I will research the sand colors of each emirate and express them through the silk fabric. Each section of the fabric (7 section) is to depict each emirate and the sand dunes and color. This installation will be freestanding where the audience can interact; touch and can walk around it. It is to be installed outdoors where the breeze can subtly move it.”