VIDEO: Abu Dhabi's DMT unveils 2,000m2 mural at Marsa Al Bateen
The largest of its kind in the region, the public mural is 14m high and is considered “an outlier in the art realm”
Abu Dhabi’s Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) has unveiled a 2,000m2 commissioned art project painted by Brazilian muralist Eduardo Kobra at Marsa Al Bateen in the UAE capital as part of the DMT’s Ghadan 21 ‘For Abu Dhabi’ initiative.
The mural depicts faces from a variety of ethnicities, representing the UAE’s diversity with the aim of promoting the moral values of tolerance, respect, and peace amongst all cultures in the UAE, according to state-run news agency, Wam.
Commenting on the artwork, executive director of Strategic Affairs Sector at DMT, Mohamed Al Khadar, said, “With the commencement of our Ghadan 21 efforts, the ‘For Abu Dhabi’ initiative strives to bring a new lease of excitement to the community. This particular artwork is unique in nature, and is an outlier in the art realm of public murals; at more than 2,000m2 and 14m high, it is the largest of its kind in the region.”
As part of the recently launched Ghadan 21 initiative @ForAbuDhabi, @AbuDhabiDMT unveils a large-scale mural at Marsa Al Bateen in #AbuDhabi, created by Brazilian muralist Eduardo Kobra. pic.twitter.com/VGYdKF9qP1— Abu Dhabi Government Media Office (@admediaoffice) December 21, 2019
Sharing his inspiration behind the mural, Kobra said: “In order to celebrate the Year of Tolerance, we used images of real people – citizens living here in Abu Dhabi – who represent Abu Dhabi’s essence of rich cultural diversity, tolerance for all people, and peace and togetherness.”
The Tolerance mural was created in collaboration with Abu Dhabi’s Department of Community Development (DCD) as the images were selected from their brand image portraits of Abu Dhabi.