National Pride on Display in First of its Kind Calligraphic Sculpture

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‘The Horse’ will be displayed at The Downtown Design, Middle East’s leading design fair from 8th to 12th November at Dubai Design District (d3). 

Downtown Design exhibition invites you to discover Omar Safa’s sculptural masterpiece. The Lebanese – Bulgarian Arabic calligrapher showcases an exceptional life-size sculpture, ‘The Horse’ as part of Dubai Design Week. The designer dedicates the first horse sculpture with Arabic calligraphic flair to the people of the UAE. His majestically crafted artwork commemorates the hospitality and welcoming nature of the people within the UAE. His symbolic creation and distinctive style celebrates intricate design, creativity and grandeur within the region.  

Omar’s expertise in crafting challenging sculptures with utmost calligraphic taste, has led him to create the first horse statue with calligraphic setting in a one of a kind artistic expression. The artist’s foundation for this creation relies heavily on the characteristics and beauty of the Arabian culture.  

He fuses the majestic horse and complexity of the calligraphic style into a never seen before life-size sculpture. The poem displayed on the horse is borrowed from His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashed Al Maktoum for UAE National Day. Omar hopes that his art will truly represent the enduring symbol of common pride in a shared culture that rejoices differences. The artist crafted an Arabian horse, as it plays an important role in the culture of the UAE, symbolizing chivalry, pride and nobility.  

Omar’s exceptional artwork transforms art into 3D, his hand-made technique transcends volumetric forms of wood, clay and metal, all encased in gold. ‘The Horse’ utilizes age-old techniques of gold-leaf-application to the cutting edge technology of 3D printing. Omar pushes many of the boundaries set by ink and paper that define traditional calligraphic art. Omar’s. His passion as an artist has “been inspired by Arabic calligraphy for a long time and learned after years of training under expert calligraphers. Now I am looking forward to spreading this rich cultural heritage through product design.”  

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