Cross-section view of the 250 feet, 8 sided steel plate of Richard Serra's sculpture '7' right outside MIA

7 by Richard Serra

In Islamic culture, the number seven has spiritual significance. Richard Serra pays homage to this in this sculpture – constructed from seven steel plates.

The powerful piece faces the sea in MIA Park, embracing the surrounding greenery and delighting spectators as they relax by the coast.

A portrait shot of Richard Serra's sculpture '7' located at MIA against Doha's iconic skyline

Richard Serra was commissioned by Qatar Museums to create 7 based on the personal recommendation of I.M.Pei – the architect who built the adjacent Museum of Islamic Art.

According to Pei, he wanted an artist that would complement the museum and 'connect the aesthetic content of the museum to the possibility of building a public space for the people'.

The project took around three years to complete and was unveiled in 2011.

What I think is interesting about this piece is that you don’t have to know anything about art – you’re just going to get an experience that’s different from most other sculptures. Then, you can digest how or why it’s different.

Richard Serra

A wide-angle view of Richard Serra's sculpture '7' located right outside the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

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