Rain of Light

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Breaking the sunlight, which is very much in abundance in UAE, into tiny rays of ‘rain drops’ is what Jean Nouvel has done in the main courtyard of the Louver museum in Abu Dhabi.

To achieve this he used one of the most common architectural element one could find in the islamic architecture, the dome and he is used an enormous one.

He constructed a double dome 180 meters in diameter, perforated randomly in an women manner, providing shade punctuated by bursts of sun. The dome gleams in the Abu Dhabi sunshine.

 

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Seeing through light

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The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, one of three museums being built on Sadiyat recently debuted its first exhibit, despite not yet officially opening its doors.

Comprised of sixteen artworks Seeing through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection examines light as a primary aesthetic principle in art, and the theme’s flexibility allows for inclusion across cultures and time periods. This inaugural exhibition unfolds through five sections that examine light in various iterations: Activated, Celestial, Perceptual, Reflected, and Transcendent includes works by the following artists:

Larry Bell, Dan Flavin, Robert Irwin, Keith Sonnier, and Douglas Wheeler, all early practitioners of the light art movement, in “Perceptual Light”

Heinz Mack and Otto Piene, who were active in the 1960s as founders of the Zero group, as well as Ghada Amer and Rachid Koraïchi in “Reflected Light”

Monir Farmanfarmian, Samia Halaby, Shirazeh Houshiary, and Z. Kami, all of whom use light thematically to explore the contemplative, in “Transcendent Light”

Angela Bulloch, Hassan Khan, and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, whose artwork depends on advanced technologies to activate light, in “Activated Light”

Bharti Kher, Yayoi Kusama, and Song Dong, who use a range of media to produce artworks that emulate the infinite, in “Celestial Light”

The work which doesn’t have its own lighting is illuminated by ERCO Lighting.

For more information visit http://www.guggenheim.org/abu-dhabi.

Way of light

Grand Mosque Entrance

Light, shadow, architecture and us. The entrance way to Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, perhaps the most holistic place of worship in this region. A place where the light and marble interact and create a space which will take you close to God, for anyone who has the vision to feel.

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Zayed Grand Mosque on a fine evening.

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Grand Mosque Corridor

The magnificnet corridor in the Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque.

This image also picked up top ranking in the Pixoto site.

Jet Skiers

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Jet Skiers near the Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque during a sunset

Sunset in Abu Dhabi

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Sunset near the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.