ALFA by Jean-Michel Othoniel

In dialogue with the architecture of the National Museum of Qatar, Jean-Michel Othoniel created a monumental installation of 114 fountain sculptures.

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ALFA arises like majestic black reeds along the 900-meter-long shores of the lagoon. From various angles, silhouettes reflected on the water evoke the abstract beauty of Arabic calligraphy. During the day, the sculptures transform into fountains every 30 minutes, launching arabesques of water towards the sky.

At night, the water jets light up, highlighting the curves of the museum’s architecture. Othoniel’s enchanting aesthetics revolve around the notion of emotional geometry. Using the repetition of modular elements such as bricks or his signature beads, which are a recurring motif, he creates sculptures whose relationship to human scale ranges from intimacy to monumentality.