Have you seen the four ‘Flying Horses’ in Dubai?

By Angel Chan

DUBAI 20 March 2019: ‘The Flying Horses’ by Antonio Signorini, a collection of four bronze sculptures that creatively depict the gracious power of every horse that has ever roamed across the Arabian Peninsula, have been unveiled in Dubai.

The art pieces serve as a symbolic representation of the cultural and artistic heritage of the region and will remain at Alserkal Avenue until 19th April, 2019, as part of a public exhibition.

The unveiling event also marked the start of a series events that will be hosted by Dubai Municipality, 71 StructuralArt and KBS Communications between 18th March until 5th May. The events will comprise public exhibitions featuring international artists, as well as a vast array of panels that will discuss topics such as “women’s contribution to the art business” and “culture and education in the UAE”.

Antonio Signorini, the international artist who crafted the sculptures, shared his thoughts: “The inspiration for The Flying Horses comes directly from the region’s deeply rich artistic history, and the culture of the land. The Flying Horses symbolise the cultural significance of ancient rock art.

Signorini carried on this sentiment by adding, “I dedicate The Flying Horses to the region. This collection has been created as a journey that has no end, exploring the infinite relationship between art and the essence of horses.

Impossible Balance

“‘The Flying Horses’ display an impossible balance, disobeying gravity. They are flying, like the light of the stars, coming from far away. Their origin is a mystery, as is their destination. They are captured soaring through the atmosphere, traversing from one world to another in their flight across space and time.”

Paola Myriam Visconti, the founder of 71 StructuralArt, said, “The UAE is a hub for creativity and a place of artistic inspiration. Not only are artists like Antonio Signorini able to create their sculptures here in a city full of life, they are also able to use art as a communication tool; engaging with the community through art events allows artists to promote the essence of art, and highlights the importance of investing in the education of aspiring artists in the region.”

Kawthar bin Sulayem, Emirati serial entrepreneur and founder of KBS Communications, said, “The UAE art scene is growing exponentially. As an Emirati entrepreneur, I am devoted to the development of the art industry in the UAE; I believe that through investment from the private sector and support from entrepreneurs, art will continue to boom across the region, which will lead to the advancement of art engagement from a grassroots level and beyond and subsequently, increased career opportunities for talented Emiratis.”

The series of events and activities will run in conjunction with Dubai art season, and shall be hosted at Al Shindagha and 71 StructuralArt’s Warehouse 40 located in Alserkal Avenue, under official support from Dubai Culture and Art Authority, Saruq Al-Hadid, the Consulate General of Italy, Alliance Francaise Dubai and the American University in Dubai.

Dubai Gazette