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Crescent is an art piece inspired by the crescent symbol that is used to represent the moon in the first quarter of its lunar phase. The crescent shape has been used throughout history in cultures around the world but is primarily associated with the Islamic faith. The intention of this sculpture is to make the crescent shape three-dimensional and use it as a symbol to welcome visitors to the Four Seasons hotel and to the United Arab Emirates in general. This piece was a collaboration with Emirati artist Ashwaq al Hosani who developed the design for the calligraphy which is wrapped around the sculpture. The calligraphic design is Ashwaq’s interpretation of a poem by Sheik Zayed, the founder of the UAE. At night, the sculpture comes alive with colorful lights and illuminates the calligraphic words for visitors entering the hotel. The lights are customizable, so the hotel can change the colors in honor of special guests or holidays.
stainless steel, LED lighting, electronics
Four Seasons Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Joe O'Connell, Ashwaq al Hosani