As part of its ongoing support of art, the Deutsche Bank Middle East Foundation announced today the opening of “Global Balance”, an open air display of 25 balancing sculptures dotted across the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and suspended from wires from its buildings, including the DIFC’s iconic headquarters The Gate.
The exhibition features statues depicting circus jugglers, trapeze artists, birds of prey and the human form in its various manifestations.
The statues are the brainchild of Polish artist Jerzy ‘JOTKA’ Kedziora, the only artist in the world who produces such unusual pieces of art that focus on the kinetic properties of sculpture. The sculptures achieve balance as their centre of gravity lies below the fulcrum, making it impossible for them to capsize.
Henry Azzam, Chairman of the Deutsche Bank Middle East Foundation and the Bank’s regional Chairman, said “As part of our social responsibility commitment in the Middle East, we aim to promote art, and grant regional audiences access to such memorable experiences as “Global Balance”. If the aim of art is to give perspective and provide inspiration thus giving us insight and a fresh different view, then we feel that we have succeeded in achieving this both literally and figuratively through this exhibition.”
The exhibition will run for 3 months from 6 June 2011, until 6 September 2011. As part of its CSR commitment towards education, Deutsche Bank has also arranged with the artist to hold seminars and workshops for art students . In addition, a unique sculpture from the collection will be auctioned at a charity event organized by the Bank.
Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO of DIFC Authority said: "We, at DIFC, place an emphasis on setting the art scene and developing an arts culture that is appreciated by the growing population within our community. We are delighted to host this unique art exhibition at the Centre."
Established in 2008, The Deutsche Bank Middle East Foundation is the latest initiative to join the family of the Bank’s foundations in Asia, Africa and the Americas.
The Deutsche Bank Middle East Foundation focuses on funding investments in arts, education, community development, sustainability, and volunteering in the Middle East North Africa region.
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