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Giant Graffiti Mural by Aerosol Arabic at Tashkeel

Mohammed Ali from Aerosol Arabic, a UK based graffiti artist was commissioned by Tashkeel to create a large scale mural in collaboration with artists living and working in the UAE. I am so glad Tashkeel is making use of the lovely and large garden space it has - it will be even more fun to spend time there.

Photo by Ammar Mohammed Al Attar
Photo by Ammar Mohammed Al Attar

This project has been in progress since 13th March and the unveiling of the completed wall to the public will happen on 22nd March at 7pm, where the artist will also give a talk about the project.

The art on the wall has been inspired by the language and people of the region and depicts the past, present and hints towards the future.

I hope this is the start of many murals around this city. We need to see art outdoors and not just confined to gallery walls.

Event details:
Date: Monday, 22nd Mar at 7pm
Location: Nad Al Sheba 1, intersection street 5 and 20 (location map)

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Reader Comments (2)

This is great. Its cool that in Bahrain there are at least a couple of sculpture parks and quite a few murals (there was in fact a mural festival in 2006 with muralists from all over who came and painted walls - though some of those walls are gone now.) Despite that, I completely agree, cities in the region do suffer from lack of public art (except for the odd migbass, dhow, or pearl here and there.)
This wall is very nice, I hope it lasts a long long time, by then the meaning of the phrase itself will also have experienced an evolution... And by then i hope there are all kinds of walls depicting all kinds of things in all kinds of colours!

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSheyma B

Wow.... a mural festival! Now there's a thought.
Yes, hope this one stays up for a long time and Tashkeel doesn't relocate. It is a lovely space in their garden, so I do think this mural will add a new dimension to the space.
Let's see, hope it inspires other people to do the same. There is one in Mall of the Emirates outside DUCTAC and the girl behind it really fought hard to make it happen. That too was a collaborative effort. I should blog it and post some pics here soon.

Thanks for always dropping by the site and leaving comments Sheyma, really appreciate it.

March 21, 2010 | Registered CommenterThe Culturist

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