Last night I went to see 'The Seed', a temporary artwork installation situated on Jubail Island, floating on the water in the middle of the mangroves.
This installation was made by renowned British artist Es Devlin and it was part of the virtual celebrations for National Day 2020. They were only attended in person by the UAE leaders, but broadcast live on national TV earlier this month. Now you can come experience it for yourself, in this newly created beach area, where everybody is seated safely with social distance, of course.
I went with my colleague Termy and her family:
We arrived on site just after 5 pm and it was really lovely to sit there on the beach and just relax and enjoy the sunset over the floating cube and the Abu Dhabi skyline.
The work of art represents the evolution from seed to shoot, to flower and propagation:
The glowing cube moves and rotates, and the show is accompanied by music and projections on its surface.
The artist Es Devlin has got an impressive body of work which includes immersive installations, creative runways and stages for opera houses and theaters. She designed the London Olympic Closing Ceremony in 2012 and she has worked with artists like Beyoncé, U2 and Billie Eilish. She is also developing the UK Pavilion for the Expo 2020, the first woman to be commissioned to design a pavilion by the UK since 1851.
This experience was absolutely mesmerizing! If you have a chance, go see it - it's there until the end of January 2021.