Lusail Handball Installations
To celebrate the 24th Men's Handball World Championships in Qatar in 2015, we commissioned three public art pieces at Lusail Multipurpose Hall.
In collaboration with the Qatar 2015 Organising Committee, these installations are part of our ongoing public art programme to bring art and culture to the streets and unexpected places throughout the country.
Iraqi artist Ahmed Al Bahrani produced The Challenge 2015, a series of large bronze sculptures depicting larger-than life hands reaching for the sky.
This impressive piece sits just outside the Multipurpose Hall and stops sporting fans and players in their tracks as they wander around the venue.
Al Bahrani is internationally renowned for having creating thought-provoking large-scale sculptures in the past, such as a gun-toting Mother Theresa, and often bases the themes of his works on past experiences, such as war and exile. In creating this piece, he accepted a personal challenge against time, and completed the installation in just five months.
Qatari artist Mohammed Al Nasif has also been commissioned to produce public art at the venue. He's creating two murals inspired by different elements of Qatari culture and the country’s recent development and progress.
Renowned Tunisian artist El Seed returned to Doha to create more calligraffiti, this time along the hallways of Lusail Multipurpose Hall. His blend of traditional Arabic calligraphy with contemporary street art provides an energetic backdrop to the halls of the sports arena. The work includes poetic quotes by Sheikh Jassem bin Mohammed bin Thani, the founding father of Qatar.
This is his second project in Qatar. His first, in 2013, involved painting four underground tunnels on Salwa Road.