For Noor Riyadh 2021, Tom and Lien Dekyvere’s Rhizome joins the trees of the Palm Oasis with a web made of hundreds of meters of illuminated rope. The word ‘rhizome’ originates from the world of botany and has been used by philosophers and media theorists to refer to various forms of networks. This site-specific work reflects on the various on and offline connections humans make in all sorts of manners, consciously and unconsciously. Via websites, co-creation, even couch surfing: people are linked in many ways. The piece also symbolizes a house, a cocoon from which to meditate on contemporary society’s (dis)connectedness.
King Abdulaziz Historical Center
Since 2012, Tom and Lien Dekyvere (b. 1985 and 1987) have traveled the world to design and install light art installations in public and private spaces, museums and at art initiatives. With their vast collection of experiences, they proceed to amaze and amuse audiences in public spaces, during events and exhibitions. For the youngest through to the oldest spectators, and with respect to local communities, they try to visualize today’s world through light, sound and material.
Their site-responsive work Rhizome has been exhibited around the world, including Brussels (2020), Knokke (2018), Leeds (2016), and Kortrijk (2015). Other works include Elantica, Baltimore (2018); Polygonum, Scottsdale (2016); Ivy 2.0, Ghent (2016) and Tech Farm, Eindhoven (2016).
James Turrell (b.1943). Beginning his art career in the 1960s, James Turrell’s work is primarily an exploration of light and space. One part meditative and another confounding, Turrell’s works heighten the viewer’s very sense of seeing and place the viewer in a realm of experience.SEE ARTIST
Mohammed Alsaleem (1939-1997) was the first to hold an exhibition in the city of Riyadh, in 1967. He became famous for his “horizonism” style that was inspired by observing the skyline of Riyadh from the desert.SEE ARTIST
Nancy Holt (1938 – 2014) is known for her earthworks, public sculpture and installation work. Best known for her large-scale environmental works, her public sculptures are permanently installed in locations across Europe and North America.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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