Waterfall sculptures, Dubai – September 2013
The first time I saw images of this water feature in the Dubai Mall, I did a double take. Had the cliff divers of Acapulco relocated to the Middle East? But while the Acapulco divers have been doing it for over 40 years, the Waterfall only opened in 2009 in the huge Dubai Mall. Designed by Singapore-based DPA Architects, the Waterfall comprises two cylindrical structures, each running the full 4-storey height of the mall, and each topped by a reservoir feeding the recycled water cascading down the sides. So far, so good. But what makes the waterfall truly mesmerising is the addition of a number of life-sized art sculptures of human divers, ostensibly flinging themselves gracefully down the ever-cascading waterfall. It evokes a childlike sense of awe and delight – and isn’t that what all good public artwork should aim for?
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