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Gold Art: Abu Dhabi to have bizarre barrel scultpure

November 26, 2012, 1:19 pmYahoo!7

Move over pyramids, Abu Dhabi is set to house the world’s largest permanent sculpture, built from over 400,000 multi-coloured oil barrels, the Daily Mail reports.

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Move over pyramids, Abu Dhabi is set to house the world’s largest permanent sculpture, built from over 400,000 multi-coloured oil barrels, the Daily Mail reports.

Credit: Wolfgang Volz


The almost inconceivable project is the brain-child of Bulgarian-born artist Christo, famed for his obscure projects including wrapping Berlin’s Reichstag building in fireproof polypropylene fabric, placing yellow and blue umbrellas in California and Japan, and even wrapping the coast of Little Bay in Sydney with synthetic fabric.

Christo’s latest concept, the Mastaba sculpture, is planned to be built in the middle of the desert, 161 kilometres away from Abu Dhabi. Expected to cost more than $AU324million, the Mastaba sculpture will take 30 months and hundreds of people to build, with a German company commissioned to supply the coloured barrels. Inspired by the yellow and red colours in the sand, 74-year-old Christo told the Daily Mail: “When the sun rises, the vertical wall will become almost full of gold”.

Credit: Wolfgang Volz


The 150 metre flat-topped pyramid will be taller than the Great Pyramid of Giza, and is hoped to become an iconic landmark to the area, driving millions of tourists annually. Egypt’s pyramids and The Eiffel Tower in Paris each draw two million visitors each year.

Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude first visualized the sculpture 30 years ago, but its completion was delayed due to ongoing conflict in the region.

Abu Dhabi is a multicultural society notable for its incredible skyscrapers and luxurious hotels. As it aspires to become the centre of art and culture in the Middle East, Christo’s project is welcomed by royal family who are excited about its completion.

Christo during a scale model test at the proposed sight neat the Liwa Oasis, 161 kilometres from Abu Dhabi


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  1. 01:15am Tuesday 27th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    So let me get this straight...it costs $324 million to pile a load of oil drums in the middle of a desert? Sign me up! The pay rate must be phenomenal!

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  2. FrankA11:51pm Monday 26th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    So much waste; millions of people with no food.

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  3. Ln10:25pm Monday 26th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    ill build an 800.000 barrel one for 1/2 the price

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  4. 07:10pm Monday 26th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    We cant find a dollar a day to feed the starving kids, so how can they find "Expected to cost more than $AU324million," this is discustoing and a waste of resources. The saving grace is the meagre wages to be paid to the builders and then in 50 years time when it rusts away there will be the cleanup wages. What a load of #$%$ this along with the rusty metal at the mandurah train station beggars belief.

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  5. Nick K05:48pm Monday 26th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    and when the oil runs out this sculpture will feed their people. What sort of leaders are these. The money should go in a future fund for their people

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  6. A La Feral05:40pm Monday 26th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I feel all strange after reading this report & have a flashback to watching '2001 A Space Odyssey' 1968, sitting in a west London 'Cinerama' cinema. Overall a confronting experience. I somehow feel the urge to consult H.A.L. 9000.

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  7. yaya05:24pm Monday 26th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    why?

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  8. Crisscross05:10pm Monday 26th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Aren't there any marginalised people in that part of the world?

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  9. dj04:50pm Monday 26th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    It wont last as long as the pyramids.

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  10. JFW04:35pm Monday 26th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I can think of better uses for the money.

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