Wang Yuyang’s Artificial Moon is an imposing sculptural piece with a diameter of over 4 meters. The installation recreates the earth’s moon and uses thousands of lightbulbs to simulate craters and other surface features of the much admired and celebrated earth satellite. For Noor Riyadh, Wang hangs his piece from a crane in a public desert space, an iconic Middle Eastern landscape. By placing the sculpture in a natural yet easily accessible location and by allowing visitors to walk around it, the artist enhances our connection to the work and casts a new light on our relationship with the moon. In a time in which science has regained a prominent role in defining people’s liberties, and recent Chinese space missions have reignited the public’s fascination with the moon, Wang speculates on the artificiality of media messages. With Artificial Moon, Wang Yuyang challenges our points of view and inspires a new appreciation of nature, as well as posing other questions relating to history, science and technology.
Wadi Hanifah Dam Park
Wang Yuyang (b.1979) is a Chinese artist who creates works using emergent media but does not deliberately emphasize the novelty of technology. A graduate of China Central Academy of Drama and the Central Academy of Fine Arts, he has taught at the School of Experiment Art at the Central Academy of Fine Arts since 2008.
Solo exhibitions include Lucciole per lanterne, Museo Novecento, Florence (2019); The Moon, Massimo De Carlo, Hong Kong (2018); Singularity, Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku (2018); Lettering – Folklore of the Cyber World, Chronus Art Center, Shanghai (2015); and Liner, Copeland Park, London (2015). His work is displayed in prominent Chinese public collections such as the K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong; the Long Museum, Shanghai; Art Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing; and 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai.
Iván Navarro (b. 1972) has lived and worked in New York since 1997. Navarro uses light as his raw material, turning objects into electric sculptures and transforming the exhibition space by means of visual interplay.SEE ARTIST
Tom and Lien Dekyvere
Since 2012, Tom and Lien Dekyvere (b. 1985 and 1987) have traveled the world to design and install light art installations, amazing and amusing audiences in public spaces, during events and exhibitions and trying to visualize today’s world through light, sound and material.SEE ARTIST
Ali AlJabri (b. 1980) grew up in the city of Sohar in an environment filled with science and literature. After his formal art education, he experimented with a large number of mediums and techniques before finding his passion in marble, and solely working with the medium since 2012.SEE ARTIST
Riyadh Art’s ten programs and two festivals turn the city into a creative canvas, bringing public art to the spaces where people travel, work and play.Explore Now
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