Two Brothers | Dennis Nona, KAUST Saudi Arabia

3 July, 2010

PROJECT KAUST International Art Program
DEVELOPMENT King Abdullah University of Science & Technology
LOCATION Yacht Club Exterior, KAUST Town Centre, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
ARTIST Dennis Nona
ARTWORK Two Brothers
ENGINEERS Robert Bird Group Engineers
LIGHTING Norman Disney & Young
ART MANAGEMENT Urban Art Projects
YEAR 2009

Torres Strait Islanders’ navigational skills and stellar knowledge were exceptional and paralleled those of the ancient Islamic world’s mariners and astronomers. They are described as having one foot on land and one in the sea. Both Torres Strait Island and Arabian cultures boast a seafaring tradition that encompassed both trading and fishing. The canoes and sails employed by the Torres Strait Islanders were not unlike those of the Arab dhow.

Dennis Nona developed “Two Brothers” based on a traditional legend from his home island of Badu. The 7-metre-long cast bronze canoe is supported by 6 paddles, raising it 5 metres above the ground. The patterning and position of two mother-of-pearl stars seen on the sides of the canoe’s hull reflect the strong wind (Sagerr) and soft wind (Nagai).

The placement of the artist’s canoe in the Sailing Club precinct is poetic. Nona’s evocative and spiritual work reminds us of a simpler existence and traditional ways of living.  Most importantly, Nona’s work reminds us of the importance of celebrating the ancient in relation to the contemporary and acknowledging the contribution of indigenous cultures to humanity.

One Response to “Two Brothers | Dennis Nona, KAUST Saudi Arabia”

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