By Staff writer
Lifesize sculpture shows three camels and is the work of South African Donald Greig
The majestic and graceful stride of the Arabian camel is taking centrestage in Downtown Dubai, with Donald Greig’s new life-size sculpture titled Camels.
Featuring a trio, including an adult camel, its calf, and another one resting, Camels is the latest statue in the Downtown area having previously displayed the elegance of horses, with Vincent Da Silva’s Life Size Andalucian I.
The trio of camels weighs 800kg, with each camel as tall as 3m, 1.9m, and 1.3m, respectively. Created in clay over a steel and polystyrene armature, Camels was moulded into silicone, and casted into wax. After dipping each sculpture into 15 layers of ceramic, they were then topped off with molten bronze.
In all, Greig spent eight months to create the original sculpture, and four months for the foundry to be cast in bronze. The models were then treated with various chemicals and heated to create subtle hues of bronze.
Ahmad Al Matrooshi, managing director, Emaar Properties, said: “The gracious and majestic Arabian camel is a reminder of our past and a cue of how significantly the city has evolved. Donald Greig’s Camels is a seamless fit into Downtown Dubai’s collection of sculptures and artworks from around the world by accomplished artists.”
Greig added: “I look forward to viewing Camels in the heart of this magnificent city, which, in my mind, is home to some of the world’s greatest engineering and architectural feats of the 21st century.”
Educated at Michaelhouse College in Natal, South Africa, Greig holds a degree in Gemmology from the Gemmological Institute of America. An avid wildlife enthusiast, Greig is one of Africa’s most prolific sculptors and takes pride in producing works that are true to proportion, with attention to detail.
Downtown Dubai’s collection of artworks also include: Colombian figurative artist Fernando Botero’s Horse 2007; Al Sidra, a free-shaped bronze sculpture by Kuwaiti sculptor Sami Mohamed Al Saleh; Syrian artist Lutfi Romhein’s Together featuring two sculptures of an Arab man and woman chiselled to perfection; Spanish sculptor Xavier Corbero’s Gathering, a collection of ten figurine sculptures made of basalt; Korean sculptor Jaeyhoo Lee’s Chorus; and South African sculptor Vincent Da Silva’s Rhims Gazelle Herd Edition 1.