Expo 2020 Dubai: Hammour House to Raise Awareness of UAE Marine Life Through Art
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, visited the Hammour House launch event on Wednesday, expressing support for the sustainability-themed project.
Sheikh Nahyan took the opportunity to get an idea of ââthe project and painted in an art station installed during the event.
What is Maison Hammour?
At the Hammour House at Expo 2020 Dubai, kids play instruments made from sustainable materials, the art is coral reef themed, and the painting racks are made from recycled materials. Inspired by the ‘hammour’ fish found in UAE seawater, also known as the brown spotted grouper, the project aims to raise environmental awareness by engaging the community.
The Hammour House is an art installation and community project, with a central theme of sustainability while raising awareness of marine life and the oceans. Eventually opening on the Expo 2020 site in Dubai, the art house will feature various exhibitions such as the creation of a “reef” from recycled and sustainable materials.
âThe Expo aims to connect minds and create the future. We focus on themes and topics that are currently relevant to the world, âsaid Dr Hayat Shamsuddin, Senior Vice President, Arts and Culture, Expo 2020 Dubai, who spoke at an introductory event held at Al Serkal Avenue.
Speaking about what inspired the project, Shamsuddin added, âWe wanted to show how [each] one of us can have an impact on the world. It was very important for us to bring together a project that talks about sustainability and our environment, our future.
Community project: Young musicians, visitors become artists
From knitting workshops to painting objects that resemble coral and seashells made from recycled materials, Maison Hammour will host a variety of activities to engage visitors.
âThe Hammour House is all about bringing the community together to become more aware of our surroundings and take action to make our world a better place,â Shamsuddin said.
At the launch, young people from the Center for Musical Arts in Dubai performed with sustainable instruments.
Explaining why it is important to promote sustainability through music, Siddhant Mehrotra, 15, who plays saxophone, said: âMusic is a universal language, everyone understands it. It brings out the true emotions of a person.
Exhibitors and artists incorporate sustainable solutions into all aspects of their exhibitions at the Hammour House.
âMy flute, for example, is made of nickel metal. It lasts a very long time and it is durable, âsaid Laila Ragab, 14, who plays the transverse flute at the Center for Musical Arts, which partners with the Hammour House.
Music workshops will be organized on site. âWe look forward to hosting our music workshops specifically designed for this very project, encompassing well-known music performed on durable instruments and including original composition created by students to reflect marine life,â said Tala Badri, founder of the Center for Musical. Arts.
The project itself is sustainable because it will have a âpost-Expo life,â according to Ahmed Al Enezi, senior director, Arts and Culture, Expo 2020 Dubai. Plans for how this will be done will be released at a later date once the Expo begins, Ahmed added.