Three finalists for d3’s urban commissions 2018

Three finalists have been named for the fourth edition of Urban Commissions, with the winner to be unveiled at Dubai Design Week.

There were over 100 submissions the annual competition, which this year called for designs for an urban water feature. Run by Dubai Design Week with the support of Dubai Culture and d3, the prize comes with a budget of AED 50,000 and will be unveiled at Dubai Design Week in November before being installed permanently in d3.

Nine designs made it to the shortlist and presentations before the panel of judges – Khalil Abdulwahid Hassan, Acting Director of Dubai Culture’s Fine Arts Department; Gregory Ketant, Cultural Programming Manager at d3; Ammar Kalo, designer and director of CAAD Labs and an Assistant Professor at AUS; and Rawan Kashkoush, Head of Programming at Dubai Design Week.

The finalists:

Davide Antonante: Tree of Life This modular installation references the city landscape as five towers varying from 2.5 to 4.5m in height and stacked with colourful beads to represent the diversity of people and culture in Dubai. Each post acts as a misting device that doubles as a circular bench at the base
Khalid Al-Tamimi: Fayyd Fayyd (“overflow”) is a dynamic water sculpture inspired by the bamboo Shishi Odoishi fountains of Japan. Steel frames carry small lily-like pods through which water flows; two of the four pods act as seesaws as they fill up and tip to empty
Idil Kantarci: Seamless Blossom Seamless Blossom offers a multi-sensory moment inspired by the heritage of Dubai. The form of the base comes from Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve’s topography; the vertical sculptural elements emerge out of the waterhole locations in the Dubai desert and spray out a mist to create a canopy similar to that of the Ghaf Tree


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