September 18, 2012: An architectural masterpiece and home
to an exquisite collection of artworks by global artists, Burj Khalifa,
the world's tallest building, has now inspired Emirati artist, Hamad Al
Falasi, to present a creative interpretation of what the tower means to
Dubai-based The Ara Gallery's 'Art At the Top' competition
gained strong participation from Emirati artists, with all the artworks
submitted bringing personal insights on how the 'Global Icon' and ‘civic
pride of Dubai' is perceived by the creative community of the UAE.
several submissions received, five works – all by Emirati artists –
based on the theme 'What does Burj Khalifa mean to you?' the winning
work by Hamad Al Falasi was announced at a special ceremony held at the
reception of At the Top, Burj Khalifa, the world's highest observatory
deck with an outdoor terrace.
Following this, At the Top, Burj
Khalifa will showcase Hamad's work for six months, bringing to
art-lovers for the first time an exquisite creative expression of the
influence that Burj Khalifa has on the artistic community.
Al Falasi, Executive Director, Property Management, Emaar Properties,
said: "Burj Khalifa is now an integral referral point for residents and
tourists to Dubai, with the magnificent presence of the tower in the
city's skyline reminding them of what humanity can achieve through team
work. The tower's majestic architecture is also an inspiration for the
creative community, bringing out not just figurative artistic responses
but also abstract concepts that build on the tower's varied facets
including its height. The submissions received for The Ara Gallery's
initiative present several impressive insights on how our artists
perceive the tower."
Moza Alabbar representing The Ara Gallery,
said: "As an art institution, we could think of a better benchmark for
inspiration than Burj Khalifa. It is a sterling example of Dubai and its
accomplishments, and through this contest, we captured the creative
association that our artists make with the tower."
Hamad Al Falasi's 'Historical Moment... Historical Monument' examines
the relationship between stillness and mobility attributed to Burj
Khalifa. The digital photograph analyses the journey that people from
around the world make to experience the marvel of Burj Khalifa, until
they find themselves standing in front of the tower, only to find both
time and their admiration at a standstill.
Burj Khalifa already
has a rich history in promoting arts. Over 1,000 pieces of art by
prominent International and Middle Eastern artists adorn the interiors
of Burj Khalifa and the surrounding Emaar Boulevard. Many of the pieces
have been specially commissioned by Emaar as a tribute to the spirit of
One of the compelling art pieces in Burj Khalifa
is Jaume Plensa's 'World Voices' which is composed of 196 cymbals that
represent 196 countries of the world. Horizontally suspended onto
titanium rods anchored at the bottom of two pools, symbolizing reeds in a
lake, each gold-plated cymbal is embossed with the name of a country.
Cast in bronze and brass alloy and plated with 18-carat gold, the
cymbals are finished by hand to create a distinct timbre as they are
struck by dripping water.
Anchoring Emaar's flagship development,
Downtown Dubai, Burj Khalifa is a mixed-use tower featuring luxurious
residences, commercial suites and the world's first Armani Hotel and
Armani Residences. The tower also has a rich array of luxurious
amenities including four swimming pools, a private library, an exclusive
residents' lounge, health and wellness facilities, and At.mosphere, the
world’s highest fine dining restaurant at Level 122.
At the Top,
Burj Khalifa, a must-visit tourist destination, offers visitors sweeping
views of the city of Dubai, across the Arabian Gulf. An educational and
inspirational journey, visitors can learn all about the grandeur of
Burj Khalifa, and the history of Dubai and its evolution through
impressive sight and sound displays. High speed express elevators take
visitors to Level 124, transporting them to a world of scenic vistas.
The entrance to At the Top, Burj Khalifa is located in The Dubai Mall’s lower ground level. For further information, contact www.atthetop.ae or 800 AT THE TOP (800 28 843 867).