As part of the World Wide Walls (WWW) international mural programme, the Old Doha Port has undergone a transformation with the addition of murals created by local, regional and international artists.
Hosted by Qatar Museums (QM), the initiative which began on November 26 and concludes today (December 2), has turned the area into an open gallery and is expected to leave behind a visual feast.
Among the 13 featured artists is Australian muralist Sofles, who shared with *Gulf Times insights into his piece, aiming to blend the local culture with his unique style.
“I want to incorporate the local culture ... with my style, to make a statement piece about a few different things,” he explained. “I see here the mix between the old culture and the traditions, mixing with the new city which is obviously growing really fast and turning into a futuristic place.”
Sofles’s mural combines traditional patterns, a futuristic figure with a headdress, and a fish to symbolise the artwork's location at the port.
When asked about the emerging art scene in Doha, he noted a growing trend and the influx of local and international talents.
He expressed optimism about the opportunities for artists to create something special and unique in this burgeoning artistic landscape.
Mexican artist Adry Del Rocio, thrilled to participate in the festival, conveyed a message of chasing dreams through her mural.
Depicting a child reaching for a starfish, which symbolises dreams, she highlighted the importance of creating an environment that fosters opportunities for children to grow.
“I’m super proud that they invited me to this festival, from another side of the world, as I come from Mexico, and it is far away,” she said. “I’m super happy they have given me this opportunity to do my job here in a very special community.”
Reflecting on the location of her artwork in the Mina District at Old Doha Port, Del Rocio lauded the diversity among the participating artists and expressed her admiration for Qatar as a country where people can achieve their dreams.
“All the artists (participating) came from different countries ... we use different styles and we have different themes so it is very beautiful, and it gives me a lot of inspiration to have this experience, to see the other artists, and see their missions is really nice,” she said.
Omani artist Hood’s mural focused on the emotion and the fight for the legality of graffiti as a form of freedom of expression.
He highlighted the significance of legalising graffiti to enhance public spaces and make them attractive.
Asked about Qatar as a hub for art, Hood expressed gratitude for the opportunities and support provided to artists.
He believes that promoting more street art in the country will attract tourists, beautify the city, and solidify Qatar as a prominent tourism destination.
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