A new design project in Dubai attempts to reinvigorate public spaces.
Last year, we interviewed the founder of Xische, Danish Farhan, regarding digital media trends in the Middle East. This latest initiative by the firm was a direct response to S*uce Projects, a creative group whose mandate is to encourage people to think about “the kind of love that transcends flowers, diamonds, chocolates and candy.” This year, S*uce decided to harness Dubai’s creative energy to promote its public spaces by populating them benches that double as public art pieces. Melinda Metri, one of the creative minds at S*uce, sourced local artists and gave them each a bench to decorate/repurpose as they pleased.
Interestingly, Xische created a bench with the hashtag #xbench on it and asked their Facebook fans and Twitter followers to complete the sentence “If I were a bench…” which created significant social media buzz for Art Dubai.
Other noteworthy contributors include: Nadine Kanso, Khalid Shafar, Maria Dowlatshahi, Hind Mezaina, Zayan Ghandour, Reema Al-Banna, Fathima Mohiuddin, Mohammed Hindash, Mobius-Studio, Hachem Ghandour, and Michelle Baker. Click their names to see the work.