Lusail Handball Installations

Reaching High

To celebrate the 24th Men's Handball World Championships in Qatar in 2015, we commissioned three public art pieces at Lusail Multipurpose Hall.

In collaboration with the Qatar 2015 Organising Committee, these installations are part of our ongoing public art programme to bring art and culture to the streets and unexpected places throughout the country.

The Challenge

Iraqi artist Ahmed Al Bahrani produced The Challenge 2015, a series of large bronze sculptures depicting larger-than life hands reaching for the sky.

This impressive piece sits just outside the Multipurpose Hall and stops sporting fans and players in their tracks as they wander around the venue.

Al Bahrani is internationally renowned for having creating thought-provoking large-scale sculptures in the past, such as a gun-toting Mother Theresa, and often bases the themes of his works on past experiences, such as war and exile. In creating this piece, he accepted a personal challenge against time, and completed the installation in just five months.

The Challenge 2015, by Iraqi artist Ahmed Al Bahrani
For me when this work was assigned to me, I quickly decided to go for the challenge - with myself and with time.
Ahmed Al Bahrani

Painted Walls

Qatari artist Mohammed Al Nasif has also been commissioned to produce public art at the venue. He's creating two murals inspired by different elements of Qatari culture and the country’s recent development and progress.

More Calligraffiti

Renowned Tunisian artist El Seed returned to Doha to create more calligraffiti, this time along the hallways of Lusail Multipurpose Hall. His blend of traditional Arabic calligraphy with contemporary street art provides an energetic backdrop to the halls of the sports arena. The work includes poetic quotes by Sheikh Jassem bin Mohammed bin Thani, the founding father of Qatar.

This is his second project in Qatar. His first, in 2013, involved painting four underground tunnels on Salwa Road.

 calligraffiti by Tunisian artist Alseed in the hallways of Lusail Multipurpose Hall

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