DAMAN COMMISSIONS EMIRATI AND MIDDLE EASTERN ART FOR 'THE BUILDINGS' PROJECT IN DIFCPress Release24 May 2008 01:48 pm
Initiative will support the efforts of DIFC and the Dubai Government to strengthen art's role in society
Daman Investments today announced that it has commissioned Emirati and Middle Eastern artists to create a significant number of artworks for its prestigious 'The Buildings by Daman' project at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
The commissioned artworks will be installed in public spaces within the AED1.6 billion development that is set to be a new iconic addition to the DIFC skyline.
H.E. Dr. Omar Bin Sulaiman, Governor of DIFC and Managing Director of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority said: "DIFC strongly supports the role for art in our community. We believe art can stimulate new ideas and perspectives in business. Our larger vision for strengthening the role of art in society includes the development of Dubai into a regional and international centre for art and culture. Daman's initiative in commissioning new works of art for 'The Buildings' project will support this vision. We encourage other companies to follow Daman's lead in supporting art. Daman's decision to commission artworks for 'The Buildings' project sets an encouraging trend that can build Dubai's profile as a city that supports local and regional artistic talent."
Speaking on behalf of Daman, Mr. Shehab Gargash, Group CEO said: "We have commissioned Middle Eastern and Emirati artists to develop original works of art for 'The Buildings' project as part of our strong commitment to supporting art and artists. We believe our project can serve as a showcase for the works of emerging Middle Eastern artists. These works of art will blend in with the overall architectural and interior design of our projects. We hope this initiative will contribute to DIFC's and Dubai's objective of supporting art and being a hub for both regional and global art."
'The Buildings by Daman' will cover more than 1.6 million square feet of built-up area including freehold apartments, offices, a luxury hotel and retail space. US architectural firm Perkins and Will is the Design Architect for the project.