We love a sail through the city on the Dubai Metro system, casting our eyes out onto the beauty that reigns beyond.
And now, the very pillars that hold up the tracks are a sight to behold, thanks to a new project by the government to make Dubai more aesthetically pleasing.
The Dubai Metro Murals Project is firmly underway, creating an “urban ambiance” along Sheikh Zayed Road, with stunning murals being painted on metro pillars between DIFC and Emirates Towers stations.
The project is part of an initiative to transform the city into an open-air museum that celebrates art and creativity – as if Dubai wasn’t already easy on the eye.
The themes of the murals have been chosen to inspire creativity and spread happiness while also reflecting Dubai’s character, vision and future aspirations, and we are particular fans of the giant floating jellyfish installation (which perfectly demonstrates our future aspirations of avoiding being stung).
The works are being painted by international artists Daniel Cortez from Peru and Dominican-born, Miami-based artist Elio Mercado, also known as “Evoca1”.
Cortez is an active street painter, having been part of a huge hip-hop movement in his native Lima. His work can be seen in cities around the globe such as Cartagena in Colombia, Cochabamba in Bolivia, Mexico City in Mexico, Buenos Aires in Argentina and Azemmour in Morocco.
Mercado spent much of his youth drawing on walls in the Dominican Republic, before progressing onto dynamic murals in his adult career, which has seen his work splayed across buildings in London, Miami and Peru.
Now the pair are hard at work in Dubai, and you can already see some of the work in progress, including the aforementioned jellyfish and a big blue whale.
The Metro Murals Project is part of a partnership between Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office, and the Roads and Transport Authority, who are jointly undertaking city beautification projects as part of a three-year-long scheme.
Under the agreement, the two organisations will establish strategic cooperation to implement public art projects aimed at enhancing the city’s aesthetic environment.
The beautification projects will cover bridges, tunnels, walking tracks, bus stops as well as other public facilities and areas throughout Dubai, making a stroll around the city more appealing than ever.
Accomplished artists from the UAE, the wider region and across the world will be invited to get involved in creating the artworks in the city, making for a public exhibition as colourful and diverse as Dubai itself.
“The Project aims to create beautiful artwork that makes public spaces in Dubai more exciting and infuse them with a sense of creative dynamism,” said Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office HE Mona Al Marri.
“The murals being created will enhance the way both residents and visitors relate to the city. By revitalising the urban atmosphere, projects like these will help sustain stronger and more close-knit communities.”