Qatar Museums calls on community to help protect public art

Qatar Museums calls on community to help protect public art

By QLNews

Qatar has always prioritized art as a means of expression, creativity, and engagement.

The country’s stunning art galleries and public art installations are a reflection of just how significant art is to its unique identity.

Qatar Museums (QM) that strives to promote art, culture and heritage experiences in the country has reminded citizens and residents of Qatar to play their part in protecting public art.

QM said it will kick-start a specialized cleaning process for one of Qatar’s most breathtaking public artworks, the East-West/West-East art installation by Richard Serra after it was damaged by visitors in recent months.

Considered as one of Richard Serra's masterpiece, the East-West/West-East comprises four gigantic steel plates, each with a 14-meter height.

Commissioned by Qatar Museums, these monoliths enrich Qatar's rapidly flourishing art scene and have gained world praise. 

QM said it is working together with its partners to come up with a new Cultural Heritage Law that “will build on existing regulations to strengthen the protection of arts and culture in the country.”

In a bid to enrich the lives of those who live and visit Qatar, QM has been working with some of the world’s most renowned artists to bring sculptures and artworks to the country.

Found all across the country, from the bustling Corniche to the serene desert of Zekreet, public art can be enjoyed everywhere.

The aim of this is to transform spaces, stimulate dialogue and serve as sources of inspiration.

However, “vandalizing public art is a crime and people who deliberately damage works can be punished in accordance with Qatar’s existing laws,” QM reminds the public.

Director of Cultural Heritage Protection, QM, Abdullatif al-Jasmi said, “Vandalism of any kind to our public art, not only affects the community’s enjoyment of the piece but also harms Qatar’s cultural heritage.”

“It is important that people understand the social impact of the damage to the artworks but also that they can receive substantial fines and may be responsible for [the] restoration,” he added.

QM’s head of Public Art Abdulrahman al-Ishaq said, “Public art is a national asset that we as citizens and residents can be proud of. We call upon the community to help us ensure that all public artworks are cared for and protected, preserving them for the enjoyment of current and future generations.”

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Source: Gulf Times
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