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Emaar unveils Korean sculptor Jaeyho Lee’s 15 m high ‘Chorus’ on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard

Dubai, UAE; July xx, 2013: At a majestic height of 15 metres, Jaeyho Lee’s Chorus, is the newest masterpiece sculpture introduced by Emaar Properties in Downtown Dubai, the mega-development described as ‘The Centre of Now.’

Dubai, UAE; July xx, 2013: At a majestic height of 15 metres, Jaeyho Lee’s Chorus, is the newest masterpiece sculpture introduced by Emaar Properties in Downtown Dubai, the mega-development described as ‘The Centre of Now.’

Standing tall in front of Vida Downtown Dubai, the flagship property of Emaar Hospitality Group’s newly-launched brand, Vida Hotels and Resorts, on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, one of the world’s vibrant boulevards stretching along 3.5 km, Chorus has been sculpted using 3.4 tonnes of steel and 7.6 tonnes of wood.

The sculpture, essentially, draws inspiration from the flow, movement and rhythm of a group of people gathering in one of the main districts in South Korea, the Gwanghwamun Square. Lee assembled the sculpture over five months, taking cues from the inherent dynamism of the people’s coming together – which is an artistic homage to Downtown Dubai too, where people from all over the world meet.

It is the process of collating the work that makes Chorus exceptional and awe-inspiring. Lee portrays the unique characteristics of each individual element in the group and how they integrate into the shape of the whole structure, while upholding their individual, original qualities.

Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director, Emaar Properties, said: “One of the fast-evolving cultural hubs of the region, Downtown Dubai is enhancing the artistic identity of the city with compelling works of art by accomplished artists from around the world. Chorus is a perfect testament to the multicultural identity of Dubai and the community, and will be another aesthetic attraction on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard.”

Jaeyho Lee said: “I am honoured to present Chorus in Downtown Dubai, where people from all over the world gather. My work reflects the spirit of togetherness and the emotions behind this great assembly of cultures. Ultimately, it exudes a unique form of solidarity.”

Primarily using wood, nails, steel and stone in his works, Lee aspires to create art that allows people to draw their own interpretations of what they see, while connecting their inferences to their emotions. Having spent his childhood in the neighbourhood of Haeinsa, Hapcheon in South Korea, Lee also uses natural materials like branches and leaves when creating works with steel and stone.

With over 22 years of experience in visual arts, Lee creates works out in irregular geometric forms, with the materials that he uses finding the optimum shape of the final structure. An award-winning artist, his works are displayed in the National Museum of Contemporary Art in South Korea, Osaka Contemporary Art Centre of Japan, and Cornell University Herbert F Johnson Museum in the USA, as well as prestigious hotels and commercial developments in the UK, USA, China, Switzerland and Australia, among others. 

Chorus marks the latest addition of innovative and inspiring art pieces in Downtown Dubai. Other accomplished and popular works in Downtown Dubai include famed Colombian figurative artist Fernando Botero's Horse 2007, South African sculptor Vincent Da Silva’s Life Size Andalucian Horse I; Kuwaiti sculptor Sami Mohamed Al Saleh’s Al Sidra; Syrian artist Lutfi Romhein’s Together; and Spanish sculptor Xavier Corbero’s Gathering.

Downtown Dubai is envisaged to be the heart of arts and culture with the launch of The Opera District, announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, in the flagship mega-development of Emaar.

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