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Emaar celebrates art and Arab equestrian heritage with South African sculptor Vincent Da Silva’s

Dubai, UAE; August 14, 2013: In a true celebration of fine arts and Arab equestrian heritage, Emaar Properties, the global property developer, has unveiled a majestic sculpture that captures the heroism, power and magnetic appeal of the Arabian horse in Downtown Dubai.

Bronze-clay sculpture in Burj Plaza adds to equestrian-inspired collection in Dubai’s most-visited lifestyle and cultural destination

Dubai, UAE; August 14, 2013: In a true celebration of fine arts and Arab equestrian heritage, Emaar Properties, the global property developer, has unveiled a majestic sculpture that captures the heroism, power and magnetic appeal of the Arabian horse in Downtown Dubai.

The world’s most-visited lifestyle destination is already the thriving cultural nerve-centre of Dubai featuring several iconic sculptures and artworks. The newest addition, Life Size Andalucian I by South African sculptor Vincent Da Silva, is located on Burj Plaza, and is the second equestrian-inspired piece after Colombian figurative artist Fernando Botero’s Horse 2007, which stands tall near the Waterfront Promenade of The Dubai Mall.

Created in clay and cast in bronze, Life Size Andalucian I serves as a powerful reminder of the UAE’s rich equestrian heritage. Sculpted at a height of 1.8 metres and length of 2.6 metres, it illustrates the spirit of determination that is associated with Arabian horses, which are part of the region’s culture, as well as modern-day tales of chivalry and bravery, while portraying the untamed nature of the majestic animal. In a brilliant black, the sculpture captures the dynamic and graceful nature of a horse on the cusp of continuing its movement.

Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, said: “Downtown Dubai is defining its identity as a compelling arts and cultural destination, displaying works by world-renowned artists. Life Size Andalucian I is not only a marvel in figurative sculpting but also is a tribute to the Arab world’s equestrian heritage, and will appeal to all visitors. Through the display of powerful artworks, we are further contributing to Dubai’s cultural identity, and seeking to inspire the city’s artistic community.”

Da Silva’s Life Size Andalucian I reflects his artistic style of capturing movement, and casting them in bronze to be preserved as a timeless action. He is renowned for his stunning precision of portraying movement, using nature as a subject matter. Fascinated by wildlife from an early age, Da Silva cast his first bronze in high school and later worked at a foundry to develop his skills and attain a deeper understanding of the sculpting process.

Downtown Dubai’s collection of artworks include: Al Sidra, a free-shaped bronze sculpture by Kuwaiti sculptor Sami Mohamed Al Saleh; Syrian artist Lutfi Romhein’s Together featuring two sculptures of an Arab man and an Arab woman chiselled to perfection; and Spanish sculptor Xavier Corbero’s Gathering, a collection of ten figurine sculptures made of basalt.

Described as ‘The Centre of Now’ and the most prestigious square kilometre on earth, Downtown Dubai will also feature The Opera District, announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to further stimulate the city’s cultural and artistic scene.

Emaar also builds on the region’s rich equestrian heritage through its support to events such as the Dubai World Cup. Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality & leisure subsidiary of Emaar owns and manages the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, which has evolved as a preferred destination for equestrian enthusiasts.

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