Beds of dark-pink bougainvillea provide the only accent in the formal gardens that envelop the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a near-monochrome landscape that’s as restrained as it is green. Featuring hedges of clipped Indian privet (Clerodendron inerme) and Texas ranger (Leucophyllum frutescens) as well as date palms and fragrant frangipani (Plumeria obtusa), the gardens form a buffer that helps to calm tourists and worshippers alike, while filtering out the roar of nearby traffic with the sound of fountains and birdsong.
The final art commission of London Underground’s 150th anniversary year has been revealed. It is the new edition of the Pocket Tube map released in time Christmas, which will have a cover by Imran Qureshi commissioned through Art on the Underground. Possibly one of the most widely viewed art commissions in the world, 12 million copies are distributed throughout the London tube network. For his cover artwork, entitled All Time Would be Perpetual Spring, Qureshi has used the techniques of traditional Mughal miniature painting from his native Pakistan to present an intricate floral design for each line on the network, inspired by their distinct colours.
One enters the 18th Street garage bay and — wham — there it looms, a fevered flashback to the ’60s and their acid/guru/hippie-flower-power art and sitar music. No, that’s too strong. It is like meeting up with the nephew of a long-lost, insanely eccentric foreign friend. Whatever. Art is in the view of the beholder, and it’s clear that what we have here is the American love child of a Pakistani “jingle truck.” That is to say, one eye-catching — no, eye-exploding — road beast.
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The roof garden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the lovelier places to go in New York during the warm seasons. Every year its pastoral bliss high above Central Park is complemented by some sort of benign sculpture exhibition, usually three-dimensional works of formal decorum or playful ingenuity. This year visitors will discover something strikingly different: the 8,000-square-foot terrace is splattered with paint the color of dried blood. At first glance it looks like a crime scene or the site of a ritual slaughter.
He is an artist best known for wrapping the Reichstag in Berlin and for siting thousands of coloured umbrellas across valleys in Japan and America. Now the Bulgarian-born American artist, Christo Javacheff, is creating for Abu Dhabi a colossal structure that he claims will be the world’s biggest permanent sculpture. Estimated construction costs of $US340 million ($328m) would also make it the world’s most expensive.
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