Situated on Dubai Creek Island, the newly launched Vida Creek Harbour is home to a variety of art installations, revolving art works and permanent displays. Upon entrance at the lobby visitors will find a collection of textile-based pieces by Dubai-born artist Stephen Chambers. A combination of rustic and organic materials with contemporary forms and shapes, the pieces have noted inspiration from the notion of trade on the Dubai Creek.
Christmas tree installation by Fadi Sarieddine Design Studio
Also displayed is a mixed metal installation by founder of Dubai-based Women’s Museum professor, Rafia Ghubash. The work pays homage to the burqa, portraying the message that the garment can be worn in different styles depending on circumstances. “It’s quite a unique piece with a beautiful story,” expresses Daniel D Kingston, the General Manager at Vida Hotels and Resorts.
“The style of burqas differs from one city to the other and from one region to the next. Different burqas are designed for different age groups. Some burqa strings vary from cotton to silver or golden depending on the social and financial status of the woman who wears it. They have different cuts that indicate the eye-opening slots, whether wide or narrow. Dr. Rafia spent time collecting different burqas from different families and this is what is displayed in the lobby.”
Another work of note, made from wood and metal strings, is by Lebanese artist Lourdy Ghorayeb, depicting her childhood memories of sailing boats and dhows on the old Dubai Creek.
Inspired by splashes of water, Waves of Thread by UAE-based contemporary artist Stephanie Neville intertwines colour and movement. Made from textile-based weaving of cotton, the installation references the power of connection. The artist uses traditional weaving techniques such as embroidery, sewing, knitting and sculpting, employing a feminine approach to conceptual art.
Art by Lebanese artist Lourdy Ghorayeb
The Creek by multidisciplinary artist Rollan Rodriguez, another work on display, offers a fresh perspective on the evolving architecture of the Dubai Creek. “I have always felt hotels are a fantastic way to nurture art and culture as they present a nice platform and allow a lot of visibility to a mixed audience that some artists may not get,” says Kingston.
“From a more selfish perspective, the right pieces help to animate the various spaces in the hotels and help tell a story to our guests. It’s just very important that the pieces selected support the design narrative. We have been very successful at Vida in promoting art as it is one of our key pillars. Our plan is to continue with these exciting pop up installations.” vidahotels.com
Images courtesy of Vida Hotels