Shelters by Marco Bruno & Michael Perrone

This installation, envisioned to shift perceptions of street cricket in Doha, celebrates the cricket-playing community of the city.

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The Shelters project is inspired by Doha’s cricket-playing community. Drawing from the temporary safety spaces built for workers next to large construction sites, the installation comprises two structures that can serve as gathering and resting areas for communities participating in a game of street cricket. The structures are made of scaffolding that consists of metal pipes covered with synthetic mesh, equipped with wood benches and basic safety gear. The main structure is made of steel pipes, while the large surface of the external fabric is painted with atmospheric shades to merge the shelters into the surrounding urban landscape. Inside each structure there is a gathering space and a few wood benches for spectators.

The entire structure is removable and can be eventually transported and installed in a different location. The installation aims to use art and design to create a series of small landmarks that will positively help to shift the current perception of street cricket in Doha.

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Marco Bruno (b.1968) and Michael Perrone (b. 1966). Shelters, 2023. Steel, HDPE Fabric, Paint; 5.4 x 6.6 x 5.7 m. Photo Courtesy of Marco Bruno and Michael Perrone

About the Artists

Marco Bruno (b.1968) is an architect by profession. He was raised and educated in Torino, specialized his practice in Los Angeles, and is currently practicing in Seoul and teaching in Doha.

Michael Perrone (b. 1966) studied art and art education at the School of The Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts and received an MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. Perrone has taught at the University of Iowa and is currently a professor of painting at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Art in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar).