Hamad International Airport
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The Hamad International Airport is the ninth biggest airport in the world, opened on 30 April 2014 with a ceremonial Qatar Airways flight landing from nearby Doha International.The airport has an initial annual capacity of 29 million passengers, three times the previous volume, making it the second largest airport in the region after Dubai. It is also able to handle 320,000 aircraft movements and 2 million tons of cargo annually. The check-in and retail areas are 12 times larger than those at the old airport. The airport is two-thirds the size of Doha city. It has an oasis theme. Many of the buildings have a water motif, with wave-styled roofs and desert plants growing in recycled water. The airport is built over 22 square kilometers, half of which is on reclaimed land.
In collaboration with Hamad International Airport, Qatar Museums has placed art objects created by local, regional and international artists throughout the airport. The art will inspire the millions of visitors and residents flying through the airport, and prove that art can be enjoyed far beyond the confines of a gallery.
Lamp Bear by Swiss artist Urs Fischer takes centre stage in the grand foyer leading to the duty-free hall. It is a 23-foot canary yellow teddy bear sculpted from bronze that sits peacefully inside a lamp. It's a playful piece that humanizes the space around it and reminds travelers of childhood or precious objects from home.
Dutch artist Tom Claassen has produced a series of sculptures of the Oryx, which appear in herd formation in the arrivals hall. American sculptor Tom Otterness will have a number of installations around the airport titled Playground. His style is often described as cartoonish and cheerful, and his pieces here are accompanied by miniature Arab figures.
Other featured international artists include Adel Abdessemed, Dia Azzawi, Ahmed Al Bahrani, Maurizio Cattelan, Don Gummer, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Marc Quinn, Anselm Reyle, Rudolf Stingel and Bill Viola.
Qatari artist Faraj Duham has created large-scale murals for the airport interior, whilst Ali Hassan has produced an iconic desert horse sculpture, which lives just outside of the airport building.
The Nurseries of El Dorado is a representation of an almost mythical world. Comprising of a number of bronze sculptures, Quinn creates a series of hybrid plants by taking elements from different vegetation and carefully piecing them together, before casting them in bronze. Rudolf Stingel’s work reflects on the passage of time. Stingel covered three surfaces with reflective, aluminum-faced insulation panels, before inviting members of the construction team to draw on the soft walls at the time of the airport’s construction. The walls were then cast in copper and electroplated with gold, before a number of pieces were selected for permanent display at the airport.
Other local artists whose art will be showcased around the airport include Mohammed Aljaida, Mubarak Al Malik, Amal Alatham, and Yousif Ahmed. The winning photographs of the Capture the Essence of Qatar competition are displayed in the departures terminal.