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Gates to the Sea by Simone Fattal

Installed at the National Museum of Qatar, Gates to the Sea embodies both the past and the present of the State of Qatar.

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In this sculptural piece, Simone Fattal references the petroglyphs found at various archaeological sites across Qatar, which depict boats, fish and scales, as a reminder that the history of Qatar is inseparable from the sea that surrounds it.

In the past, Qatari captains, sailors and merchants were famous for pearl diving and international commerce. Today, Qatar continues to produce and export essential products, including oil and gas, for the world market.

By marking the entrance to the National Museum of Qatar, Fattal’s work suggests the link between past and present.